A Study of the Links Between Migration, Disadvantage, and Social Mobility
Economic push and pull have been significant drivers in emigration and migration for work over the centuries. While international emigration often dominates news headlines, little attention has been paid to internal migration. ‘Moving Out to Move On‘ is a very useful research study. It found that persons with privileged backgrounds and higher qualifications are more likely to move outside their area for work than those living in deprived areas. People who stay are at greater risk of unemployment or of being underemployed.
This study provides useful contextual findings for career practitioners. It acknowledges positive reasons for staying. It also notes that central government needs to invest more in small towns, and in rural and coastal areas, and to rebalance geographical and social inequities. This includes improving the infrastructure to provide more high quality learning opportunities locally and to promote distance/home working.