- 2006 population census - migrations between départements : the south and west remain highly attractive
The geography of migrations between départements continues to separate an attractive western/southern France and a less appealing northern/eastern France. The attractiveness of the often rural western départements has increased in recent years. At the same time, the south’s urban départements have lost some of their allure. The formerly attractive départements of the Paris basin now register a migration deficit. “Central” towns are driving the trend, capturing a large share of new arrivals, even in the most rural départements. Most inter-département migration flows occur between adjacent départements. Young people and managers/professionals display the highest mobility. Young adults prefer to move to highly urbanised départements, where university towns are located.