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Internal Migrations in Poland


Edited By Łukasz Skoczylas and Elżbieta Smolarkiewicz

The aim of this book is to highlight the issue of internal migrations and emphasise the need to conduct research on their course and consequences, including those stemming from historical processes. The complexity of this topic is illustrated by the fact that the chapters contained in the book have been written by representatives of different disciplines: sociology, psychology, geography and economics, which may suggest the need for interdisciplinary research to be conducted in the future.

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Directions of migration registered in the Warsaw Metropolitan Area1


Abstract: The aim of the study is to identify the recent migration trends in the Warsaw region from the perspective of the Warsaw Metropolitan Area formation, including the area’s coherence and functional connections. The empirical analysis presented demonstrates the volume, intensity and directions of residential migration. Were used source data from the registry of the current population, collected and published by the Central Statistical Office of Poland (CSO). The data included both publicly available annual recorded residence registration and de-registration entries according to communes (1995–2010), as well matrices of flows (residence registration) between the source and target communes for the years 2003, 2006 and 2009.

Keywords: residential migration, suburban zone, Warsaw Metropolitan Area, population registers, cartographic analysis


Development processes in Polish suburban areas have occurred for decades. However, they became particularly intense after 1989. This is due to the increasing wealth of society, greater number of vehicles per capita, and the simultaneous deterioration of living conditions within administrative boundaries of cities – absolute or relative to other locations, especially city centres and residential block districts (Lisowski and Grochowski 2009). This, in turn, resulted in a relative deconcentration of urban areas, leading to numerous practical problems and challenges related to scattered building development and increase in service costs (Kowalewski et al. 2014).

These changes take place in different dimensions – economic, social, infrastructural and technical, landscape, etc. (Kajdanek 2012; Staszewska 2013; Śleszyński 2014a). Urbanisation of the suburban zone and city...

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