Leon DA, Strachan DP. Socioeconomic characteristics of interregional migrants in England and Wales, 1939-71. Environment and Planning A 1993; 25: 1441-1451

Data from the Longitudinal Study (LS) of the Office of Population Censuses and Surveys are used to examine patterns of regional migration in England and Wales between 1939 and 1971. The source of information on region in 1939 is from a national population register established shortly after the start of the Second World War. The results suggest that overall, 18% of persons in the analysis moved between regions from 1939 to 1971. Migrants tended to be socioeconomically advantaged compared with nonmigrants. Moreover, those moving to regions where the nonmigrants were the most advantaged, were themselves the most advantaged of the migrants. This paper illustrates a new source of data on long-term migration that deserves further exploration.