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Migration is the movement of people from one place to another. The reasons for migration can be economic, social, political or environmental. There are usually push factors [push factors: Factors that encourage people to leave the place in which they live and to move elsewhere. ] and pull factors [pull factors: Factors which attract people to move to a new place. ] at work.

Migration impacts on both the place left behind, and on the place where migrants settle.

What is migration?

Illegal immigrants on the American/Mexican border

Illegal immigrants on the American/Mexican border

Migration is the movement of people from one place to another.

  • Internal migration is when people migrate within the same country or region - for example, moving from London to Plymouth.

  • International migration is when people migrate from one country to another - for example, moving from Mexico to the USA.

Two key migration terms

  • Emigration - when someone leaves a country.

  • Immigration - when someone enters a country.

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