Multiple address changes in Northern Ireland: Who moves most often?
Shuttleworth, I., Gould, M. & Barr, P. (2011) 6th International Conference on Population Geographies, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden, 14 - 17 June 2011 [NILS]
Using the Northern Ireland Longitudinal Study (NILS), the paper explores the individual and neighbourhood determinants of short-distance internal migration – as measured by address changes – between 2000 and 2007. This is done using Health Card registrations linked to the 2001 Census. The paper begins by contrasting those who made at least one move with non-movers. Following this, it compares those who made two moves with those who made one or no moves, and finally it examines those who made many moves (the minority with three or more moves) against the rest of the NILS sample. The multilevel analysis shows that those who moved further in their first address change made more subsequent address changes. It also indicates the strong influence of age and housing tenure. These effects outweighed the influences of occupation, education and limiting long-term illness even though these were statistically significant. Neighbourhood type was also important – NILS members in socially-deprived urban places in 2001 were more mobile than those in less deprived/rural areas. The analysis shows that sectarian factors in NI are less important in driving address changes than social, economic, and demographic variables of the type seen elsewhere.