Explaining migration intentions and destination selection

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Both short-term and long-term migration intentions are measured for a sample of 167 individuals. Migration intentions are explained in terms of life cycle factors, degree of attachment to the current community, and social psychological factors underlying the migration decision process, including perceived constraints to moving. Ties to specific places developed through a variety of life experiences are instrumental in shaping potential destinations for perspective migrants. Short-term migration intentions are an excellent predictor of subsequent behavior, including destination selection for those who migrate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)315-325
Number of pages11
JournalProfessional Geographer
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 1984
Externally publishedYes


  • Migration decision process
  • Migration intentions
  • Perceived constraints
  • Place ties
  • Potential destinations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth-Surface Processes


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