This book provides the first in depth interpretation of how to understand the causes of ethnic residential segregation across Western European countries and the USA.
In many countries, ethnic minorities have obtained low quality housing and may be concentrated in certain parts of cities. This book asks to what extent ethnic segregation can be assigned to special preferences for housing and neighbourhoods among ethnic minorities. Is it the behaviour of the native majority, or is it a result of housing and urban policies? Ethnic segregation differs greatly across European countries and cities. Chapters discuss the extent to which these differences can be explained by welfare state systems, levels of immigration and the ethnic composition of minorities. The book also considers the impact of housing policy and the spatial structure of urban housing markets created by urban planning and policies.
This book will appeal to teachers, students and researchers working with segregation, urban sociology and geography. It will also be valuable to civil servants in central and local governments who are working with measures to combat ethnic segregation and its consequences.
About the Author
Hans Skifter Andersen is adjunct professor at Danish Building Research Institute, Aalborg University, Denmark. He has for more than 20 years conducted research on segregation and deprived neighbourhoods and in the last 10 years worked with ethnic segregation and its causes, among others in connection with the NORFACE research programme on migration.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction and summary
2. Housing preferences and choices of ethnic minorities
3. Preferences for location among ethnic minorities
4. Spatial assimilation – the development in immigrants’ locational preferences and choices with duration of stay
5. Selective migration of ethnic minorities and natives in connection with ethnic neighbourhoods
6. The effects of housing policy and housing markets on housing options and choices of ethnic minorities
7. The importance of urban policies and the spatial distribution of housing
8. Ethnic segregation and its causes across European welfare states