Thursday, May 30, 2013

Intra city Migration

Yair Assaf-Shapira

On the occasion of Jerusalem Day, celebrated this week, we look at figures from the new Statistical Yearbook of Jerusalem, published annually by the institute. The figures of intra-city migration, or migration from place to place within Jerusalem, are often good indicators for the appeal of neighborhoods to incoming Jerusalemite migrants, and also indicate which neighborhoods are experiencing negative in-city migration.

When we look at the map, showing only in-city migration balance (for 2011), we see a few trends. First of all, we can see the negative migration from the city center, and its adjacent neighborhoods. The city center as a whole was left by 870 of its residents in 2011, of which 500 left to other places in Jerusalem, and the rest left the city. Incoming migrants to the same area were 710 people, of which 400 came from within Jerusalem, resulting in an overall negative balance of -160, and an intra-city balance of -100. Using the same method we find that Romema has a negative intra-city balance of -200, and Har Nof of -180. Outer neighborhoods are characterized by inter-city migration flows, so for example compared to an inter-city balance of -930 and -650 for Ramot Alon and pisgat Zeev (accordingly), their intra-city balances of +60 and +70 (accordingly) are negligible. This means that these neighborhoods, being far from the centers of activity, have a weaker connection to the city. Migration from Ramot to Modiin is a smaller decision than migrating from Rehavia to it.

Positive intra-city migration can be identified for Har Homa , although not as high as previous years, standing at +208 in 2011. The Katamonim (A-I), being in a gentrification process, also saw positive intra city balance of +120, with 1370 out migrants, and 1490 incoming. Other neighborhoods with meaningful positive intra-city balance were Beit Hakerem, Geula, Ramat-Sharet, and Talpiot.

In the Arab sector, the strongest trend is out-migration from the old city, and mainly from the Muslim quarter, which had an intra-city balance of -1243. Apparently these migrants moved mainly North - to Kfar Aqeb, Beit Hanina, and Shuafat. 

The data in their entirety appear on The Yearbook, and all are invited to use it.










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