Crossing boundaries and borders: Regional science advances in migration modelling

Brian Cushing*, Jacques Poot

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In this article we survey common themes in recent migration research and comment on the actual and potential contribution of regional science to this literature. There has been a marked shift in research from internal to international migration. The two research programmes would benefit from a unified framework. Spatial and systemic features of migration systems remain underdeveloped. Moreover, the perspectives from the different disciplines that intersect in regional science can still be integrated better. Communication of the research findings in terms understood by policymakers and practitioners is also desirable. Finally, many new and interesting research topics will emerge when greater effort is made to link migration research with other current research topics in regional science.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)317-338
Number of pages22
JournalPapers in Regional Science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2003


  • Forecasting
  • Internal migration
  • International migration
  • Population mobility
  • Public policy


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