People migrate for a number of reasons. The reasons and causes for migration would normally fall under these areas:
- Environmental – Better climate, calamities, and natural disasters are examples of environmental causes or reasons.
- Economic – Moving to find work or moving to follow a particular career path is an example of economic cause or reason.
- Cultural – Religious freedom and education is an example of cultural cause or reason.
- Political – Civil war or escaping from political persecution is an example of political cause or reason.
- Social – Moving for a better quality of life or moving closer to a family member or friend is an example of a social cause or reason.
Why do people migrate?
Yes, we know that people migrate because of those 5 basic reasons. However, we often fail to realize their perspective in coming into a decision to migrate:
- Given the 5 basic causes or reasons for migration, people think of the pros and cons, the advantages and disadvantages of moving or staying.
- People also think not only of the opportunity and the actual conditions of that new location, but also of the opportunities nearby which are attractive.
- There are also factors that they need to consider as well as the travel costs, the travel time and distance, the mode of transportation and terrain, and lastly, yet not the least, the cultural barriers and biases.
2 Factors of Migration
At this point, we categorize the above causes or reasons for migration into 2 factors:
- Push Factors – These are reasons for leaving a place, which is called emigrating, because of certain difficulties like food shortage, war, flood, calamities, etc.
- Pull Factors – These are reasons for moving into a place, which is called immigrating, because of an aspiration, dream, or something desirable like abundance in food supply, a better climate, more freedom, etc.
As you can see, people are either pulled or pushed to migrate. Either they involuntarily or voluntarily migrated.
Examples of Push and Pull Factors
Push factors are the reasons why people leave an area. They are usually involuntary or forced migrations:
- crop failure
- high crime
- lack of services
- lack of safety
Pull factors are the reasons why people are attracted or pulled to a particular area. They are usually voluntary migrations:
- better services
- good climate
- higher employment
- lower risk from natural hazards
- more fertile land
- more wealth
- political stability
- safer, less crime
Now that you know the reasons or the causes of migration, where do you think you belong? Is it pulled or pushed?
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