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Initial and Subsequent Location Choices of Immigrants to the Netherlands


  • Aslan Zorlu
  • Clara Mulder


Zorlu A. and Mulder C. H. Initial and subsequent location choices of immigrants to the Netherlands, Regional Studies 41, 1-20. 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 socio-economic 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. [image omitted] Zorlu A. et Mulder C. H. Le choix d'emplacement initial et futur des immigres aux Pays-Bas, Regional Studies 41, 1-20. A partir des donnees individuelles administratives, on examine le comportement initial de l'implantation et la mobilite future des immigres qui sont arrives aux Pays-Bas en 1999. L'etude considere la distribution de l'implantation des immigres en provenance de divers pays d'origine qui sont entres dans le pays pour demander du travail, rejoindre la famille ou chercher asile. Les preuves laissent supposer des trajectoires distinctes de l'implantation des demandeurs d'asile et des autres immigres qui ne sont pas de l'Ouest. Il semble que la presence de membres coethniques et d'autres minorites ethniques, mais aussi des caracteristiques de voisinage socio-economiques, joue un role important dans la determination du choix d'implantation. Des differences de la distribution de l'implantation et de la mobilite geographique des immigres en fonction de la distance des Neerlandais autochtones en termes du capital humain et financier, de la competence a parler la langue appropriee, et de la religion confirment les principales predictions de la theorie d'assimilation geographique. Choix d'implantation Immigres et segregation residentielle ethnique Zorlu A. und Mulder C. H. Erste und spatere Standortwahl von Einwanderern in den Niederlanden, Regional Studies 41, 1-20. Mit Hilfe reichhaltiger individueller Verwaltungsdaten untersuchten wir das Verhalten bei der ersten Ansiedelung und die spatere Mobilitat von Einwanderern, die 1999 in den Niederlanden eintrafen. In der Studie werden die Verhaltensmuster bei der Ansiedelung von Einwanderern aus verschiedenen Herkunftslandern untersucht, die als Arbeits-, Familien- oder Asylmigranten ins Land kamen. Die Daten lassen darauf schliessen, dass fur Asyl- und andere nichtwestliche Einwanderer eigene Ansiedelungswerdegange vorliegen. Die gleichzeitige Prasenz von mehreren Ethnien und von Mitgliedern anderer ethnischer Minderheiten, aber auch die soziookonomischen Merkmale der Nachbarschaft spielen bei der Standortwahl offenbar eine wichtige Rolle. Die Unterschiede in der Ansiedelung und raumlichen Mobilitat von Einwanderern mit verschiedenen Graden der Distanz von einheimischen Hollandern hinsichtlich des humanen und finanziellen Kapitals, der Beherrschung der jeweiligen Sprache(n) und der Religion bestatigen die wichtigsten Prognosen der raumlichen Assimilationstheorie. Standortwahl Einwanderer Ethnische Trennung von Wohngebieten Zorlu A. y Mulder C. H. Las opciones iniciales y posteriores del lugar elegido por los inmigrantes en los Paises Bajos, Regional Studies 41, 1-20. Con ayuda de amplios datos administrativos e individuales, examinamos los modelos de asentamiento inicial y la posterior movilidad de los inmigrantes que llegaron a los Paises Bajos en 1999. En este estudio consideramos los modelos de asentamiento de inmigrantes de varios paises de origen que entraron al pais por motivos laborales, familiares o como inmigrantes en busca de asilo. La evidencia indica distintas trayectorias de asentamientos para los solicitantes de asilo y otros inmigrantes no occidentales. La presencia de la comunidad coetnica y miembros de otras minorias etnicas pero tambien las caracteristicas socioeconomicas de los vecindarios parecen desempenar un importante papel a la hora de determinar el lugar elegido. Las diferencias los modelos de asentamiento y movilidad espacial de los inmigrantes con varios grados de distancia de los holandeses autoctonos en cuanto a capital humano y financiero, conocimientos de los idiomas pertinentes, y la religion confirman las predicciones principales de la teoria de asimilacion espacial. Eleccion del lugar Inmigrantes Segregacion residencial de comunidades etnicas

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  • Aslan Zorlu & Clara Mulder, 2008. "Initial and Subsequent Location Choices of Immigrants to the Netherlands," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 42(2), pages 245-264.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:regstd:v:42:y:2008:i:2:p:245-264
    DOI: 10.1080/00343400601145210

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    1. 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;Southern Demographic Association (SDA), vol. 29(4), pages 593-608, August.
    2. Aslan Zorlu & Ruben Gaalen, 2016. "Leaving Home and Destination of Early Nest Leavers: Ethnicity, Spaces and Prices," European Journal of Population, Springer;European Association for Population Studies, vol. 32(2), pages 267-291, May.
    3. Ong, C., 2014. "Tipping points? Ethnic composition change in Dutch big city neighbourhoods," MERIT Working Papers 011, United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT).
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    5. Konstantinos Pouliakas & Deborah Roberts & Eudokia Balamou & Dimitris Psaltopoulos, 2014. "Modelling the Effects of Immigration on Regional Economic Performance and Wage Distribution: A Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) Analysis of Three European Union Regions," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 48(2), pages 318-338, February.
    6. Govert Bijwaard & Christian Schluter, 2016. "Interdependent Hazards, Local Interactions, and the Return Decision of Recent Migrants," CReAM Discussion Paper Series 1620, Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM), Department of Economics, University College London.
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    8. Natasha T. Duncan & Brigitte S. Waldorf, 2016. "Immigrant selectivity, immigrant performance and the macro-economic context," Regional Science Policy & Practice, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 8(3), pages 127-143, August.
    9. 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.
    10. Aslan Zorlu & Clara Mulder, 2011. "Ethnic Differences in Leaving Home: Timing and Pathways," Demography, Springer;Population Association of America (PAA), vol. 48(1), pages 49-72, February.

    More about this item


    Location choice; Immigrants; Ethnic residential segregation;

    JEL classification:

    • F22 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Migration
    • J15 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Minorities, Races, Indigenous Peoples, and Immigrants; Non-labor Discrimination
    • R23 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - Regional Migration; Regional Labor Markets; Population


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