A comparison of internal mobility of immigrants and natives in Turkey

Ibrahim Sirkeci, European Business School London, Regent's College
Neriman Can, Turkish Statistical Institute
Jeffrey H Cohen, Ohio State University

In this paper, we are analysing the 2000 Turkish Census data in order to investigate internal migration patterns of the foreign-born in comparison to the native born population. Cumulative causation model suggests that earlier migration experiences has an impact on further international migration propensity. In this paper we attempt to look at a later stage in international migration to see how internal migration moves of immigrants are shaped following their international migration experience. Expecting a higher level of mobility compared to the native born internal migration movements. The culture of migration model is discussed with this particular perspective. The most recent Turkish Census (2000) data offer variables at individual and household levels. We have enriched the set by integrating socioeconomic development level scores at community level to control some of the environmental/contextual effects. This study stands as a pioneering analysis of foreing born immigration and internal migration in Turkey.

Presented in Poster Session 3: Migration, environment and spatial demography