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By N.L. Tranter

The most amazing beneficial properties of the demography of 20th century Britain and its constituent international locations has been the patience of premiums of inhabitants progress some distance less than these of the 19th century. through the Nineteen Eighties even absolutely the measurement of the inhabitants had began to say no. Why has this occurred? And why have falling charges of inhabitants progress been followed via both dramatic adjustments within the geography of human place of dwelling? In an try to resolution those questions, the publication lines the evolution of tendencies in degrees of fertility, mortality and migration and considers the character of the forces liable for those developments.

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6. 5 Average annual rates of population growth by type of district. England and Wales 1961-1991 (per thousand population) Population Growth and Location scattered patterns of residence. Throughout the developed world the 1970s was characterised by unprecedented rates of population deconcentration as people deserted the inner cities for the suburbs, large cities for smaller cities and towns, metropolitan for non-metropolitan locations, and urban for rural environments. By the 1980s,just as they did in Britain, so almost everywhere in the developed world the closely associated processes of decentralisation and counterurbanisation slowed down.

2 Net migration as a percentage of natural increase. 7 Registrar-General Scotland, Annual Report 1990 (Edinburgh, 1991), p. 107. more than a tenth, and typically by a good dealless. 5 In more recent decades, however, the contribution of net migration to changes in the size of the population in a number of Scottish regions has greatly increased. By the 1960s, as was the case in other remote, rural areas of Britain and elsewhere in the developed world, migration had already become the main determinant of population growth in the Scottish Highlands and Islands.

276-7. Central Statistical Office (CSO), Annual Abstract of Statistics 1958 (London, 1958), p. 43. CSO, Annual Abstract of Statistics 1962 (London, 1962), p. 40. CSO, Annual Abstract of Statistics 1965 (London, 1965), p. 19. the 1950s to the 1980s around 2 million people have left the United Kingdom to take up permanent residence elsewhere. Trends in the volume of immigration followed a similar if less volatile pattern. As with emigration, the scale of immigration was greater in the years before and immediately after the First World War than in the second half of the 1920s and throughout the 1930s.

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