chain migration

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A process which depends on a small number of pioneer migrants, who settle in a new place. A feedback process is set up, from the destination to the origin, generating higher than expected levels of migration to these pioneers' neighbourhoods. A metropolis then becomes both segmented and segregated (Skop et al. (2006) Urb. Geog. 27, 5). See also Johnston et al. (2007) AAAG97, 4.

Subjects: Earth Sciences and Geography.

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