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spatial interaction

the movement of people, goods and ideas within and across geographic space

distance decay

The diminishing in importance and eventual disappearance of a phenomenon with increasing distance from its origin.


easily diffused or spread as from one person to another


in order of rank or authority


the act of changing your residence or place of business

push factor

factor, such as unemployment or the lack of freedom of speech, that makes people want to leave their country and move to another one

pull factor

factor such as freedom or employment opportunities that attract a person to a country


an item that increases comfort

natural amenities


cultural amenities


chain migration

migration of people to a specific location because relatives or members of the same nationality previously migrated there

ethnic enclave

a small area occupies by a distinctive minority culture


The trend toward increased cultural and economic connectedness between people, businesses, and organizations throughout the world.

transnational corporation

A company that conducts research, operates factories, and sells products in many countries, not just where its headquarters or shareholders are located.

supranational organization

organization of 3 or more states to promote shared activities.


an international organization based in Geneva that monitors and enforces rules governing global trade

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