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Settlements and mobility: mapping settlements with seasonal migrations in the West Macedonia area of Greece, early twentieth century

  • Konstantina NtassiouEmail author


The paper examines settlements and mobility of their population; it examines the seasonal relocations of population of a specific area of Greece in the past when this type of relocations were systematic. It identifies settlements with seasonal migrations and outlines all interrelations between migration and settlement. A particular typology of the settlements is developed based on the character of the seasonal abandonment of the area source data originate from the census taken during the time studied. The percentage of population changes for each settlement reveals its character as regards the seasonal abandonment of the village; the results are mapped with the assistance of an appropriate geo-information system. The results of the mapping determine the area where historical transport routes are expected to be found. Additionally, they identify an area of further research into the socio-economic structure of the settlements and the cultural landscapes. The results complement the available literature and the research in subjects relating to the transportation of populations in the framework of human geography and dynamics in the framework of settlement geography. The typology of the settlements can contribute to the investigation of modern or historical phenomena of mobility and their depiction in the geographical space.


Cartographic depiction Mobility Seasonally relocating populations Settlements Southwest Macedonia of Greece 



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  1. 1.Department of Civil EngineeringA.U.Th.ThessaloníkiGreece

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