This dataset presents the Chilean Internal Migration database, which provides a temporally consistent framework for the analysis of internal migration over a period covering twenty-five years from 1977 to 2002. Specifically, it offers a hierarchical system of 304 municipalities, 51 provinces and 13 regions, and 10 occupational groups and 11 industrial sectors which are temporally consistent over the 1977-82, 1987-92 and 1997-2002 census intervals.

Sources: Rowe F, & Bell M (2013). Creating an integrated database for the analysis of spatial mobility in Chile. (Working Paper 02/2013). Queensland Centre for Population Research, School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.

Rowe F (2017). The Chilean Internal Migration (CHIM) database: Temporally consistent spatial data for the temporal analysis of internal migration in Chile, REGION.

Variable Description
IDN_1 Unique spatial unit identifier
C_REG Region code
REG Region name
C_PROV Province code
PROV Province name
C_MUN Temporal municipality code
MUN Temporal municipality name
Pop_1982, Pop_1992, Pop_2002 1982-1992-2002 census population

The Matrices folder contains three sub-folders corresponding to data from the 1982, 1992 and 2002 Chilean Housing and Population census. Each sub-folder contains six additional sub-folders, containing origin-destination migration data by sex, age, education, employment class, employment status. industry and occupation. The migration data are in long format ie. each row represents an origin-destination pair, indicating the number of migrants between temporal municipalities. The six sub-folders are:


Labels: Files’ labels follow the label of their containing folder eg. file “data_1_4_5_1982.csv” within the “sex age and industry” contain data for sex 1, age group 4 and industry 5. See the “Variable listing and metadata.xlsx” file for the variable code definition.

Population folder: has the same file structure of the “Matrices” folder and provide matching data on the population at risk for each of the origin-destination matrices.

Regional variables* Unit of measurement
Per capita wages Chilean pesos
Unemployment rate Percentage
Cumulative Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) USD millions
Exports USD millions, FOB
Housing cost index Index 100=1980
Housing cost supply Number of housing units
15-34 age population Percentage
Agricultural employment Percentage
Owner occupiers Percentage
Population Number of people

(*) The Regional variables data files provides information on 10 variables for three five-year census intervals: 1977-82, 1987-92 and 1997-2002

Note: No information for wages and exports is available for the 1977-82 interval. Cumulative Foreign Direct Investment corresponds to the sum of all five years in the interval. For detail information on these variables, see Rowe F, (2013) Spatial labour mobility in a transition economy: Migration and commuting in Chile, PhD Thesis, School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management, The University of Queensland.

Prepared by Francisco Rowe. Last updated July 19, 2017. Data provided “as is,” no warranties.