Scientists of the Informatics Institute Willem R.J. Vermeulen, Debraj Roy and Rick Quax did research about the influence of regional identity on human migration. The results were published in Urban Science.
Human migration involves the relocation of individuals, households or moving groups between geographical locations. Aggregate spatial patterns of movement reflect complex interactions among motivations (such as distance, identity, economic opportunities, etc.) that influence migration behaviour and determine destination choice. Gravity models and radiation models are often used to study different types of migration at various spatial scales. In this paper, we propose that human migration models can be improved by embedding regional identities into the model.