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Initial and Subsequent Location Choices of Immigrants to the Netherlands

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  • Zorlu, Aslan

    ()
    (University of Amsterdam)

  • Mulder, Clara H.

    ()
    (University of Groningen)

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The initial settlement behaviour and the subsequent mobility of immigrants who arrived in the Netherlands in 1999 are examined using rich administrative individual data. The study considers the settlement patterns of immigrants from various countries of origin who entered the country as labour, family or asylum migrants. The evidence suggests distinct settlement trajectories for asylum and other non-western immigrants. The presence of co-ethnics and members of other ethnic minorities, but also socioeconomic neighbourhood characteristics, appear to play an important role in determining location choice. Differences in the settlement and spatial mobility patterns of immigrants with various degrees of distance from the native Dutch in terms of human and financial capital, proficiency in the relevant language(s), and religion confirm the main predictions of spatial assimilation theory.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 3036.

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Length: 28 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2007
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Publication status: published in: Regional Studies, 2008, 42 (2), 245-264
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp3036

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Keywords: immigrants and ethnic residential segregation; location choice;

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Cited by:
  1. Pouliakas, Konstantinos & Roberts, Deborah & Balamou, Eudokia & Psaltopoulos, Dimitris, 2008. "Modelling the Effects of Immigration on Regional Economic Performance and the Wage Distribution: A CGE Analysis of Three EU Regions," MPRA Paper 14157, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Karina Schaake & Jack Burgers & Clara Mulder, 2010. "Ethnicity at the Individual and Neighborhood Level as an Explanation for Moving Out of the Neighborhood," Population Research and Policy Review, Springer, vol. 29(4), pages 593-608, August.
  3. Aslan Zorlu & Clara Mulder, 2011. "Ethnic Differences in Leaving Home: Timing and Pathways," Demography, Springer, vol. 48(1), pages 49-72, February.

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