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Internal migration and social mobility - moving out to move on

There's less chance of a move to a prosperous area with opportunities for those with less privileged backgrounds, new research shows.

The report finds that people from more privileged backgrounds are far more likely to move to prosperous areas with greater opportunities than those from less privileged backgrounds.

It sets out some policy suggestions including that:

  • universities and colleges should work together to ensure local areas have a coherent and flexible offer for school leavers
  • local authorities and employers should work together to identify and correct any mismatch between local skills and local needs
  • digital infrastructure and skills, transport connections and good quality affordable housing should be prioritised by local leaders to attract new people
  • councils should work with metro mayors and community groups to strengthen cultural identity in every local community

Download a pdf of the report and the accompanying technical report.