The Residential Movements of Low-Income Families: The Case of Bogota, Colombia

by Georges Vernez

Purchase Print Copy

 FormatList Price Price
Add to Cart Paperback37 pages $20.00 $16.00 20% Web Discount

Examines the residential movements of the immigrant and native low-income families within the Bogota metropolitan area. The city center has lost its unique receiving function for immigrants. Low-income immigrants locate predominately in the illegal housing settlements at the periphery of the urban perimeter. The residential location of low-income families is constrained by the structure of the housing and land markets. In addition, immigrants rely heavily on family and friends not only in deciding where to settle first in the metropolitan area, but also in deciding whether and where to migrate. Based on the analysis, broad and tentative conclusions regarding migration, housing, and urban development policies are suggested. Presented at the First Latin American Congress on Migration, Urbanization and Population Distribution Policies, Sochagota, Colombia, September 1973. 37 pp.

This report is part of the RAND Corporation Paper series. The paper was a product of the RAND Corporation from 1948 to 2003 that captured speeches, memorials, and derivative research, usually prepared on authors' own time and meant to be the scholarly or scientific contribution of individual authors to their professional fields. Papers were less formal than reports and did not require rigorous peer review.

Our mission to help improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis is enabled through our core values of quality and objectivity and our unwavering commitment to the highest level of integrity and ethical behavior. To help ensure our research and analysis are rigorous, objective, and nonpartisan, we subject our research publications to a robust and exacting quality-assurance process; avoid both the appearance and reality of financial and other conflicts of interest through staff training, project screening, and a policy of mandatory disclosure; and pursue transparency in our research engagements through our commitment to the open publication of our research findings and recommendations, disclosure of the source of funding of published research, and policies to ensure intellectual independence. For more information, visit

The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.