Big Cities, Big Problems: Reason for the Elderly to Move?

T. Fokkema, J. de Jong-Gierveld, P. Nijkamp

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In many European countries, data on geographical patterns of internal elderly migration show that the elderly (55+) are more likely to leave than to move to the big cities. Besides emphasising the attractive features of the destination areas (pull factors), it is often assumed that this negative balance of migration of elderly people is caused by problems which mainly the big cities have to contend with and which would have a negative effect on living conditions, especially of the elderly (push factors). Although it is well-known that big cities in Europe are faced with several specific housing and neighbourhood problems, no detailed research has been carried out so far into whether these problems are indeed seen by the elderly themselves as very negative and, if so, whether these perceived problems result in an intention to move as a result of housing and neighbourhood dissatisfaction. The aim of this article is to shed empirical light on this matter for a case study in the Netherlands.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)353-377
Number of pages25
JournalUrban Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1996

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