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Geography Essay - "Migration is more about perception than reality" Discuss To discuss if migration is more about perception than reality firstly we must realise what migration is and define it clearly, in order to help decide if it is indeed more about perception than the reality. The textbook definition of migration is the permanent change of address and the complete change of community ties of a person, not including commuting. This means that there are many factors to do with migration such as push and pull factors, and scope for it to be on an international scale not just within a single country on a national scale. I also think that ideas from geographical theorists such as Everett Lee and Ravenstein should be kept in mind while considering if migration is more about perception than reality. To come to a reasonable conclusion about migration being affected by reality and perception I will discuss the following points; countries economical status e.g. LEDC's vs. MEDC's, Bradford as an example of perception and migration in UK, and finally the changing nature of migration. In LEDC countries such as those on the continents of South Africa and Asia, where life is had and living standards are generally poor for much of their populations' migration is a common stage that many people in LEDC populations are undertaking. ...read more.


So this is where reality plays a bigger part as in MEDC's people can see the reality of the place they may migrate to far more easily than those in LEDC countries. Therefore when discussing if migration is more about reality than perception we need to take into account the location of where the migration is taking place, as the countries economical status will play a large part in affecting peoples perception of places. There are examples in Britain a MEDC that show perception and reality affect migration, and that often people are ignorant to things and perception plays a large part in migration, often more so than reality. An example of migration in UK would be in the mid nineteenth century, with the growth in wool trade in Yorkshire. In Bradford Pakistani's began to arrive looking for work in the textiles industry. Most of the immigrants were people from rural parts of the Pakistani corner of Kashmir. Many brought along brides from their country of origin and as much as sixty percent of the immigrants were marriages from women not from England. This of course meant that many of them spoke very little English and their children were at a linguistic disadvantage causing ...read more.


it Is only the fact that they perceive England to be so desirable that some still remain in those refugee camps today waiting for entry into England, as they cannot yet know the reality of where they are migrating to. Therefore I conclude that when talking about perceiving and migration, 'perceiving' means what the migrant imagines exists, rather than what actually exists in the country or place they are trying to go to. The reality and imagined factors may be quite similar, but at the same time can also be very different if not completely different. Another thing I have found is that peoples perception will vary depending on their location, LEDC's generally will have less communication and so people will rely more on perception of places than knowing the reality, whilst people in MEDC's are fortunate enough to have more resources available to them and perception is more likely to play far less of a part of their decision when migrating. I would also like to point out that much of what I have concluded is concurrent with that of several different geographical theorists, I agree with Everett Lee's theories of migration and also Raven stein's theories on migration. Daniel.A.Amos 09/05/07 Human geography ...read more.

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