While the corona disaster causes temporary population decline in many metropolitan areas such as the Tokyo area, the population of the Osaka area is increasing, and cities around the Osaka area such as Wakayama City in Wakayama Prefecture and Takarazuka City in Hyogo Prefecture will be in the summer of 2020. According to a survey by Professor Haruka Kato and Professor Shigeshi Takizawa of the Graduate School of Life Sciences, Osaka City University, the population increase was recorded from the beginning to the fall.

 According to Osaka City University, the research group will use the basic resident register data of each local government for monthly population changes from January 2017 to September 1 in the six Kansai prefectures of Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo, Shiga, Nara, and Wakayama. Used to collect and analyze.

 As a result, it was found that the population increased in Wakayama City, Takarazuka City, Awaji City, Hyogo Prefecture, and Fukuchiyama City, Kyoto Prefecture from the summer to autumn of 1, which was after the first declaration of an emergency.These four cities located in the periphery of the Osaka area are local governments that have been actively promoting migrant acquisition policies even before the Corona disaster, and it is possible that the number of migrants has increased at an accelerating rate due to the Corona disaster.

 During the same period, population growth was seen throughout the Osaka area.It seems that there are quite a few immigrants from outside the Osaka area as well as those within the Osaka area.This population growth has been long, and there was enough momentum to curb the rate of decline in the population of the Osaka area, which continues to decline with the aging of the population.

 By analyzing the causes of population growth in the area around the Osaka area, the research group believes that local governments that have not focused on migrant acquisition policies can slow down the speed of population decline and maintain living services. There is.

Paper information:[Sustainability] Impact of the Urban Exodus Triggered by the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Shrinking Cities of the Osaka Metropolitan Area

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