Rural roots in the urban landscape: The urban spatial organization of rural-to-urban migrants in Bolivia
2013 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Other academic)
Rapid process of urbanization has been leading the direction of Latin American development over decades. However, the pattern of urbanization has been changing over the recent years, which can be seen as increasing rural-urban connections and growing importance of small towns and intermediate cities. This has also resulted in livelihood diversification in rural and peri-urban sites, which might include off-farm income generating activities and temporal labor migration. Over the last decades, an increasing flow of rural-to-urban immigrants have transformed the urban as well as rural landscapes in Bolivia. The aim of this study is to identify national and transnational migration patterns in the Bolivian case study and to understand links between changing migration flows and structure of urban space. Using a unique database containing records of thousands of migrations from rural areas to the major city of Cochabamba, we are able to analyze to what extent socio-economic backgrounds, earlier residence locations, ethnic belongings, and previous migration experiences determines type and location of residence areas chosen by migrants.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
migration, rural-to-urban migration, transnational migration, Latin America, Bolivia, urban space
Research subject Social and Economic Geography
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-298187OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-298187DiVA: diva2:716309
Association of American Geographers' Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, USA, April 9-13, 2013.
Paper presentation at the Association of American Geographers' Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, USA, April 9-13, 2013.2013-09-132013-09-132014-09-05