Chain migration and residential segregation of internal migrants in the metropolitan area of Sao Paulo, Brazil Conference Paper uri icon


  • This paper focuses on the geography of internal migration to and settlement within the metropolitan area of So Paulo. Specifically, the research objectives are to: (1) document the major flows of internal migration into the So Paulo metropolitan area; (2) map both short- and long-term migrant patterns of settlement within the So Paulo metropolitan area; and (3) approximate to what extent particular migrants from specific sending areas spatially concentrate in certain neighborhoods within the metropolitan area using both non-spatial and spatial measures of segregation. The key feature of our theoretical argument is that migrant networks evolve, accumulate, and generate higher than expected levels of internal migration to particular neighborhoods. As internal migrants become increasingly concentrated and a dynamic feedback process emerges between origin and destination, the metropolis becomes both segmented and segregated. Copyright 2006 by V. H. Winston & Son, Inc. All rights reserved.

published proceedings


author list (cited authors)

  • Skop, E., Peters, P. A., Amaral, E. F., Potter, J. E., & Fusco, W.

citation count

  • 7

complete list of authors

  • Skop, Emily||Peters, Paul A||Amaral, Ernesto F||Potter, Joseph E||Fusco, Wilson

publication date

  • January 2006