1 Agricultural Extension and Education Dept., Faculty of Agriculture; Bu-Ali Sina University, Hamadan, Iran.

2 Agricultural Extension and Education Dept., Nahavand Higher Education Complex, Bu-Ali Sina University, Hamadan, Iran

3 Agricultural Extension and Education Dept., Faculty of Agriculture; Bu-Ali Sina University, Hamadan, Iran


   The main purpose of this study was to explore factors influencing immigration from rural to urban areas in Varkaneh , a famous village and tourist destination located in western part of Iran- Hamedan. A questionnaire was designed and validated by a panel of experts from Extension Education Dept. of Bu-Ali Sina University and Hamadan Jihad of Agriculture. Its reliability was secured by Cronbach’s Alpha that reached 0.72. Through a non- probabilistic sampling approach, seventy-eight Varkaneh residents who admitted to participate in our study were interviewed. Migration promoting factors were labeled as economic, family solidarity and rural infrastructure ; While inhibiting factors were named aesthetic, developmental, supra-structural and social solidarity. [Azami et al. Inhibiting and promoting factors influencing rural immigration: a case from Iran. International Journal of Agricultural Science, Research and Technology, 2012; 2(1):27-30].


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