Bitesize has changed! We're updating subjects as fast as we can. Visit our new site to find Bitesize guides and clips - and tell us what you think!

Geography

Migration trends

Migration is the movement of people from one place to another. People move for economic, social, political and environmental reasons. Watch this video to find out more.

Video

In order to see this content you need to have both Javascript enabled and Flash installed. Visit BBC Webwise for full instructions

Key points

  • Migration is the movement of people from one place to another.
  • Internal migration is when people migrate within the same country or region.
  • International migration is when people migrate from one country to another.
  • Emigration is when someone leaves a country.
  • Immigration is when someone enters a country.
  • Economic migration could mean moving to find work.
  • Social migration is moving to be near family.
  • Political migration can be moving to escape war.
  • Environmental migration is to escape natural disasters.
  • Push factors are the reasons people leave an area like lack of services, high crime, crop failure, flooding, poverty and war.
  • Pull factors are the reasons people move to a particular area, like high employment, wealth, better services, good climate and fertile land.

All Geography videos

Migration index

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.