The spatial distribution of the people migrating to Tehran in various periods shows that due to the social and economic changes happening in the country, the number and origin of migrants have also changed. During the years 1976 to 1986, migration from villages to cities did not cease. The villagers suffering from the consequences of the Land Reform made before the revolution and the consequences of the imposed war after the revolution continued to rush to cities. The migrants came to Tehran from the south and the northwest. The greatest number of migrants came to the city of Tehran were from Tehran province (38%), followed by East Azarbaijn province (16%). The war-stricken border provinces as well as Khorassan and Northern provinces obtained the third rank. During the years 1986 to 1996, the number of migrants from the south and the center of Iran decreased and the number of migrants from the north and northwest increased. The greatest number of migrants to the city of Tehran came from Tehran province, followed by West Azarbaijan province, Ardabil, Gilan, Mazandaran, Yazd and Semnan. During the years 1996 to 2006, there is a major change in the geographical distribution of migrants in Tehran. In this period, the greatest number of migrants came from western provinces especially Ardabil and West Azarbaijan provinces and northern provinces, and cities of Hamadan and Isfahan obtain the highest ranks with respect to the number of migrants sent to Tehran.

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In fact, it can be claimed that migration to Tehran is experiencing changes in the direction of migration and the geographical origin of migrants. At present the provinces sending migrants to Tehran are limited to those forming an oval territory and migration from other provinces has slowed down

Spatial distribution of incoming migrants (2006)

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Spatial distribution of incoming
migrants (1996)

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Spatial distribution of incoming
migrants (1986)

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