Geographia Polonica (1992) vol. 59

Spatial population mobility in Poland, 1952-1985

Andrzej Gawryszewski

Geographia Polonica (1992) vol. 59, pp. 69-78 | Full text

This paper contains a summary of a larger study (Gawryszewski 1989). The study consists of three parts: the first, most extensive part is devoted to permanent migration; the second part — to commuting to work; and the third part — to other forms of spatial population mobility, i.e. the students' migration and commuting to school, tourist/recreational migration, and pilgrimages to sanctuaries.

The main aims of the study are:

  • to describe spatial patterns of different types of migration vis-a-vis national socio--economic change on the basis of the available unified statistical material, using a possibly long time-horizon;
  • to identify changes in the intensity and range (distance) of those movements;
  • to propose a hierarchical regionalization of permanent migration based on inter--voivodship flows, using the Slater method, as well as to identify the stage by the process of modernization of spatial mobility which has been reached in Poland.

Andrzej Gawryszewski, Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization Polish Academy of Sciences, Twarda 51/55, 00‑818 Warszawa, Poland