The report intends to explore and identify trends associated to the population migration in the London Economic Region (LER) during 2011-2013. Population migration is an important component in understanding the dynamic of the labour force in the region. Conclusions and forecasts resulting from the patterns identified in the report might help local and regional economic developers customize their policies to limit undesired effects.

Highlights:

  • The migrating population in-and-out of the LER region has been diminishing lately leading to almost a balance between the outflow and the inflow of people, excepting for Elgin County;
  • Although a diminished net flow of migrants in 2012-2013, the intra-provincial appeared larger than inter-provincial migration in-and-out of the LER;
  • The immediate neighboring counties and Toronto were among the top locations for intra-provincial migration origins, as well as destinations, for people migrating in-and-out of the LER. Closer geographical locations were more likely to be the source, or destination, of migrating population in the LER;   
  • Elgin County experienced a net outflow of people during the analyzed time frame, while Middlesex and Oxford counties experienced a net inflow of people during the analyzed time frame;
  • The largest age group of migrants in-and-out the LER was the “25-44 year olds”, which suggests that labour related reasons were among the top driving forces for migration in the region;
  • In Elgin County, during 2012-2013 the younger faction of the migrating workforce was more likely to move out of the county while the older faction of the migrating  workforce was more likely to move into the county;
  • In Middlesex County, during 2012-2013 the younger group of the migrating workforce was more active than the older group of the migrating workforce in moving in-and-out of the county;
  • In Oxford County, during 2012-2013 the older workforce was more likely to move into the county while almost no distinguishable differences based on age were determined for the workforce migrating out of the county.

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