Moving to a new place is often a good idea, but it’s not always the best idea, according to a study that found that a move can also lead to a loss of income.
The research, published Thursday in the journal Housing Studies, also found that people who move often feel more anxious about the new location, and they may be more likely to leave a relationship or even their job.
The study found that the number of people who left a job and were replaced by someone else rose to 5.4 per cent from 4.3 per cent.
The authors found that about a quarter of people move at least once, but about a third of those who move never return.
“Moving to a large new house, whether it’s a condo or a house, is an expensive investment,” said study author Jessica LeBlanc-Leblanc, a University of Toronto associate professor of sociology.
“And we don’t know how long people are going to live there and what kinds of problems they’re going to face.”
LeBlann says it’s also not clear that people are more likely or less likely to move to a city with a high rate of violence or homelessness.
That’s partly because the data is incomplete, but also because many people in the study said they don’t feel safe enough to live in the city they’re moving to.
“I don’t think we’ve found the perfect solution for this situation, but I think it’s important to acknowledge that this is a problem and to look at solutions that address the root causes,” LeBlanche said.
She said it’s possible that the reason why people leave a job isn’t the job itself but the type of work that’s being replaced.
“It could be a shift in skills or a change in culture, or maybe there’s a lack of opportunity,” she said.
“That’s a big part of the problem that we’re seeing.”