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Immigrant Homeownership and Immigration Status: Evidence from Spain

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  • Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes

    () (San Diego State University)

  • Kusum Mundra

    () (Rutgers University)

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Because of the many advantages of homeownership for immigrants and for the communities where immigrants reside, a variety of countries have implemented policies that facilitate immigrant homeownership. Although these policies hinge on immigration status, the link between immigration status and homeownership is yet to be carefully explored. Using a recent survey of immigrants in Spain, we find that permanent residents from the EU15 enjoy the highest homeownership rates, even after accounting for a wide range of individual and family characteristics known to impact housing ownership. Permanent residents from countries outside the EU15, temporary residents and undocumented immigrants are, respectively, 12 percentagepoints, 29 percentage-points and 33 percentagepoints less likely to own a home than permanent residents from the EU15. Overall, the findings highlight the differences in homeownership by immigrant status, possibly reflecting differences in cultural adaptation and integration across immigrants in host country.

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  • Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes & Kusum Mundra, 2013. "Immigrant Homeownership and Immigration Status: Evidence from Spain," CReAM Discussion Paper Series 1301, Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM), Department of Economics, University College London.
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    1. Mundra, Kusum, 2013. "Minority and Immigrant Homeownership Experience: Evidence from the 2009 American Housing Survey," IZA Discussion Papers 7131, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    2. Elisa Barbiano di Belgiojoso & Stefania Maria Lorenza Rimoldi, 2016. "Immigrants' Home-Ownership Decision In Migration Projects. Subjective Determinants And External Constraints," RIEDS - Rivista Italiana di Economia, Demografia e Statistica - Italian Review of Economics, Demography and Statistics, SIEDS Societa' Italiana di Economia Demografia e Statistica, vol. 70(2), pages 105-116, April-Jun.
    3. Rodríguez-Planas, Núria, 2018. "Mortgage Finance and Culture," IZA Discussion Papers 11316, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    4. Mundra, Kusum & Uwaifo Oyelere, Ruth, 2013. "Determinants of Immigrant Homeownership: Examining their Changing Role during the Great Recession and Beyond," IZA Discussion Papers 7468, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    5. Eunice Tamoh Anu, 2016. "Investigating the Effectiveness of Mortgage Demand and the Significant Level of the Changes: Evidence from the Intervention of the Financial Crisis," International Journal of Academic Research in Business and Social Sciences, Human Resource Management Academic Research Society, International Journal of Academic Research in Business and Social Sciences, vol. 6(4), pages 136-154, April.

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    Keywords

    Immigrant Homeownership; Immigration Status; Spain.;

    JEL classification:

    • R21 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - Housing Demand
    • J61 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Geographic Labor Mobility; Immigrant Workers

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