Seachange in Tasmania: exploring interstate migration into the 'Apple Isle'

Osbaldiston, Nick, Denny, Lisa, and Picken, Felicity (2020) Seachange in Tasmania: exploring interstate migration into the 'Apple Isle'. Australasian Journal of Regional Studies, 26 (1). pp. 55-76.

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Abstract

The quest for a better way of life is associated with the recent reversal of the historic trend of net interstate migration losses for Tasmania. In this paper, we examine data collected in 2019 through a survey with internal migrants who, were in the process of, or already had migrated to Tasmania. While in the past, the state has often experienced net internal migration loss, over the past five years this trend has reversed. We argue that one of the prevailing factors here is the quest for a better way of life. We identify that key motivators for these movements include the climate, lifestyle and work/life balance that Tasmania is perceived to offer. While we stop short of arguing this is evidence of climate change affecting migration patterns in Australia, there is strong evidence that the heat of mainland Australia is driving migration to temperate parts of Australia, like Tasmania. However, further research is needed to make stronger correlations between rising temperature and migration.

Item ID: 62991
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1324-0935
Keywords: Seachange; lifestyle migration; Tasmania; internal migration; population turnaround.
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Copyright Information: (C) ANZRSAI
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2020 01:47
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160810 Urban Sociology and Community Studies @ 50%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160804 Rural Sociology @ 50%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940103 Ageing and Older People @ 50%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960311 Social Impacts of Climate Change and Variability @ 50%
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