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


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Osbaldiston, N, Denny, L ORCID: 0000-0001-9842-1556 and Picken, F 2020 , 'Seachange in Tasmania: exploring interstate migration into the 'Apple Isle'' , Australasian Journal of Regional Studies, vol. 26, no. 1 , pp. 55-76 .

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The quest for a better way of life is associated with the recentreversal of the historic trend of net interstate migration losses for Tasmania. In thispaper, we examine data collected in 2019 through a survey with internal migrantswho, were in the process of, or already had migrated to Tasmania. While in thepast, the state has often experienced net internal migration loss, over the past fiveyears this trend has reversed. We argue that one of the prevailing factors here isthe quest for a better way of life. We identify that key motivators for thesemovements include the climate, lifestyle and work/life balance that Tasmania isperceived to offer. While we stop short of arguing this is evidence of climatechange affecting migration patterns in Australia, there is strong evidence that theheat of mainland Australia is driving migration to temperate parts of Australia,like Tasmania. However, further research is needed to make stronger correlationsbetween rising temperature and migration.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Osbaldiston, N and Denny, L and Picken, F
Keywords: lifestyle migration, Tasmania, interstate migration, climate migration
Journal or Publication Title: Australasian Journal of Regional Studies
Publisher: Regional Science Association Australian and New Zealand Section
ISSN: 1324-0935
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Copyright 2002 Australasian Journal of Regional Studies

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