Selected rural growth in Estonia 1989–2000 – sub- or counterurbanisation?
Different analyses – different results.
Abstract. There are different visions of the future of regional
development in more advanced countries. Some researchers have seen the
continuous concentration of population on certain areas as quite plausible
development strategy; some support the hypothesis of future dispersal of
population over wider areas. The few studies carried out on the 1990s and 2000s
do not support either of these directions. For the first time after eleven
years the population census data offered the possibility to get a reliable
picture of population development and internal migration in Estonia. The paper
gives the first overview about population change and the role of internal
migration in it. The municipality level internal net migration is compared with
economic and geographical background data. Results show that different data
processing can lead to different results. The overall internal migration
pattern supports the suburbanisation hypothesis.