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Summary of the Results of Internal Migration in 2011

Released on April 26, 2012

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The number of inter-prefectural migrants has increased for the first time in 16 years, the rate of the migration was 1.85%, unchanged from the previous year

  • The number of Japanese internal migrants was 5,044,239 persons and the rate of migration was 4.00%, a decrease for 8 straight years.
  • The number of Japanese inter-prefectural migrants was 2,338,519 persons and the rate of migration was 1.85%, an increase for the first time in 16 years since 1995. The rate was unchanged from the previous year.
  • The number of Japanese intra-prefectural migrants was 2,705,720 persons and the rate of migration was 2.14%, a decrease for 8 straight years.

figure1 Changes of Number of Internal Migrants : 1954 to 2011

Osaka-fu had plus net-migration for the first time in 16 years since 1995,Chiba-ken had minus net-migration for the first time in 55 years since 1956

  • Regarding the net-migration for prefectures, 11 prefectures had plus net-migrations in 2011 (8 prefectures in 2010): Tokyo-to (44,482 persons), Saitama-ken (12,143 persons), Kanagawa-ken (10,119 persons), and so on. Aichi-ken, Osaka-fu, Hyogo-ken, Okayama-ken, and Kyoto-fu changed from minus to plus. Osaka-fu and Kyoto-fu had plus net-migrations for the first time in 16 years since 1995, and Okayama-ken had plus net-migration for the first time in 14 years since 1997. The rate of the net-migration in Tokyo-to (0.35%) had the highest plus rate, followed by Okinawa-ken (0.23%) and Shiga-ken (0.22%), and so on.
  • On the other hand, 36 prefectures had minus net-migration in 2011: Fukushima-ken (31,381 persons), Miyagi-ken (6,402 persons), Ibaraki-ken (4,751 persons), and so on. Among these prefectures, Ibaraki-ken and Chiba-ken changed from plus to minus, compared with the previous year. Ibaraki-ken had minus net-migration for the first time in 3 years since 2008, Chiba-ken had minus net-migration for the first time in 55 years since 1956. The rate of the net-migration in Fukushima-ken (1.58%) had the lowest minus rate, followed by Nagasaki-ken (0.31%) and Miyagi-ken (0.28%), and so on.

figure2 Number of Net-migration for Prefectures : 2010 and 2011

Osaka Area had plus net-migration for the first time in 38 years since 1973

  • The net-migration for 3 major metropolitan areas (Tokyo Area, Nagoya Area and Osaka Area) had a plus net-migration of 70,078 persons for 16 straight years since 1996. Compared with the previous year, net-migrations decreased by 6,059 persons in these areas.
  • The Tokyo Area had a net-migration of plus 62,809 persons. The rate of net-migration was 0.18%, down 0.09 points from the previous year.
  • The Nagoya Area had a net-migration of plus 3,060 persons. It is the first time in 3 years since 2008. The rate of net-migration was 0.03%, up 0.09 points from the previous year.
  • The Osaka Area had a net-migration of plus 4,209 persons. It is the first time in 38 years since 1973. The rate of net-migration was 0.02%, up 0.08 points from the previous year.

figure3 Changes in Rate of Net-migration for 3 Major Metropolitan Areas : 1954 to 2011

The total number of net-migration for Iwate-ken, Miyagi-ken, and Fukushima-ken was 41,226 persons. The number of minus net-migration for the 3 prefectures was more than 40,000 persons for the first time in 41 years since 1970.

  • The total number of net-migration for Iwate-ken, Miyagi-ken, and Fukushima-ken was 41,226 persons. The number of minus net-migration for the 3 prefectures was more than 40,000 persons for the first time in 41 years since 1970.
  • From the previous year, the number of the minus net-migrations increased significantly in Miyagi-ken and Fukushima-ken, and decreased only in Iwate-ken.

figure4 Changes of Number of Net-migration for Iwate-ken , Miyagi-ken and Fukushima-ken : 1954 to 2011

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