The characteristics of frequent movers

Keith Richardson and Peter Corbishley
12th Apr 1999

People who move frequently, usually within the local area, are often seen by professionals and locals as 'problematic'. But little is known about who these 'frequent movers' actually are.

This innovative study of the West End of Newcastle challenges current perceptions on the motives and make-up of frequent movers. The researchers spoke directly to frequent movers themselves, as well as to the professionals in closest contact with them. They explore the personal history and circumstances of frequent movers and look in detail at whether their moves were made through choice or necessity.

Interviewees had many - often complex - reasons for moving on. However, the researchers suggest that a lack of stability in childhood and adolescence is a defining characteristic and that frequent movers may settle once they have formed a supportive relationship.