This paper focuses on the geography of internal migration to and settlement within the metropolitan area of São Paulo. Specifically, the research objectives are to: (1) document the major flows of internal migration into the São Paulo metropolitan area; (2) map both short- and long-term migrant patterns of settlement within the São 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

Brazil, Internal migration, São Paulo, Social networks
Urban Geography
Spatial Determinants of Health Lab

Skop, E. (Emily), Peters, P, Amaral, E.F. (Ernesto F.), Potter, J.E. (Joseph E.), & Fusco, W. (Wilson). (2006). Chain migration and residential segregation of internal migrants in the metropolitan area of São Paulo, Brazil. Urban Geography, 27(5), 397–421. doi:10.2747/0272-3638.27.5.397