The New Demographic Growth of Cities
After having lost population for some decades, many cities are experiencing a new growth. This paper addresses this reurbanisation phenomenon in the case of Switzerland. It argues that the demographic evolution of cities is not adequately explained by the â€˜stages of urban developmentâ€™ model that tends to consider urban regions as closed systems. It should rather be analysed by unfolding the underlying mechanisms that include housing consumption as well as in- and out-migration flows. Swiss cities have gained inhabitants since 2000 thanks to international migrants, young adults, non-family households and some parts of the middle to upper class. From a demographic point of view, familiesâ€™ residential behaviour remains the driving force of suburbanisation so that the population growth is still higher in suburbs than in cities.
Volume (Year): 49 (2012)
Issue (Month): 5 (April)
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