AP Human Geography : Types of Migration

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Population & Migration

Which geographer's work, Laws of Migration, includes a theory highlighting the inverse relationship between the distance and volume of migration between a source and destination?

Possible Answers:

Kant

Ravenstein

Ritter

Al Idrisi

Faustini

Correct answer:

Ravenstein

Explanation:

First published in 1885, Ernst Ravenstein's Laws of Migration includes a theory highlighting the inverse relationship between the distance and volume of migration between a source and destination.  Ravenstein's work still forms the basis of modern human migration theory.

Example Question #1 : Population & Migration

Over a series of generations a family from an isolated farm in Maharashtra State in India migrates first to a nearby village, then to a regional town, and finally to Mumbai. This is most accurately known as a __________.

Possible Answers:

step migration

chain migration

forced migration

periodic migration

voluntary migration

Correct answer:

step migration

Explanation:

This type of gradual migration, from farm to village to town to big city, is known as a “step migration” because it happens in a series of steps. It is a common way by which rural families arrive in an urban setting.

Example Question #2 : Population & Migration

Which of the following statements concerning migration is false?

Possible Answers:

Rural migrants often move to small communities before they move to larger ones

Migration takes place in stages as opposed to one step

Migrants rarely return to their original source location

Migrants often settle in regions where friends or relatives have previously migrated

Migrants tend to not relocate again after reaching their end destination

Correct answer:

Migrants tend to not relocate again after reaching their end destination

Explanation:

Migrants do tend to relocate after they have reached their desired destination. It is also common for migrants to return to their original location. All of the other statements are true.

Example Question #3 : Population & Migration

Which of the following is an example of internal migration?

Possible Answers:

Bonnie moves from Canada to Mexico.

Johnny takes a temporary trip to Israel.

Due to a natural disaster, Dana is forced to relocate from Indonesia to Wales.

Mikey moves from New York to New Hampshire.

Jaymes moves from South Africa to Egypt.

Correct answer:

Mikey moves from New York to New Hampshire.

Explanation:

Internal migration involves movement within a nation-state (e.g., the United States). Mikey's movement from New York to New Hampshire is a good example of internal migration.

Example Question #5 : Types Of Migration

The ability to move from one place/region to another is called __________.

Possible Answers:

travel

relocation

mobility

migration

communication

Correct answer:

mobility

Explanation:

"Mobility" is the ability of something or someone to move from one place or region to another. "Migration" refers specifically to groups of people or animals moving from one region or country to another. "Travel" is voluntary movement from one region to another.

Example Question #4 : Migration

Which of the following are different types of diffusion?

Possible Answers:
  1. Hearth
  2. Relocation
  3. Expansion
  4. Hierarchical
  5. Contagious
  6. Stimulus
  1. Thematic
  2. Statistical
  3. Cartogram
  4. Dot
  5. Choropleth
  6. Isoline
  1. Absolute
  2. Relative
  3. Site
  4. Situation
  5. Place name
  1. Dispersed
  2. Scattered
  3. Clustered
  4. Agglomerated
  1. Formal
  2. Uniform
  3. Functional
  4. Nodal
  5. Perceptual
  6. Vernacular
Correct answer:
  1. Hearth
  2. Relocation
  3. Expansion
  4. Hierarchical
  5. Contagious
  6. Stimulus
Explanation:

Hearth, relocation, expansion, hierarchical, contagious, and stimulus are all different types of diffusion.

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