Центры и периферия в странах Балтии и регионах Северо-Запада России: динамика населения в 2000-е годы
The article analyzes population changes in the Russian north-west regions (former North-Western economic zone and Kaliningrad region) and the Baltics at the level of administrative-territorial entity, urban and municipal districts. The method of advancing age allows evaluating interstate and interregional migration. This method is used infrequently, but still it helps to study changes in distribution of a particular group of population rather precisely than current statistics. The article uses the last two census data (2000s and 2010s) - population size, age and gender composition. In order to demonstrate core and periphery relationship the author subdivided the studied administrative-territorial entities into central ones and the rest entities were grouped on the basis of remoteness from the center. The analysis shows that in the studied countries and regions population concentrates in the capitals and adjacent districts, the periphery loses population with high rate. The youth centripetal movement is especially strong; it influences the population structure changes in the core and periphery territories as it deteriorate depopulation and aging processes.