Village in-migration


Village in-migration shows the people that have come to stay in a village during the 12 months prior to the National Population and Housing Census. When looking at this map we should take into account the fact that at the level of both the country as well as at that of most of the districts emigration is higher than immigration. Map C.2 shows the exceptions to this general tendency.

At the same time we can observe that village immigration is generally quite low with the majority of regions showing a rate of less than 1%.  It is interesting to look at the exceptions to this general rule.  We should however remember the very small sample size at the village level and be careful when interpreting high rates in isolated villages. Rather, the reader should look for clusters of villages presenting higher in-migration rates, which are a more reliable indicator for the occurrence of significant processes.

Such patterns can be found in the very northern tip of the province of Bokeo, in the centre of Oudomxay as well as in Luangprabang province, near Pak Ou, where in-migration is generally greater than 3%. The same phenomenon can be observed in the south of Xiengkhuang province, in the former Xaysomboune Special Zone as well as in the centre of Champasack province.
More obviously, Vientiane Capital and Vientiane province have in-migration in almost every area and at a high percentage as a result of the prosperity and large investments in the region.




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