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A Longitudinal Study of Migration Propensities for Mixed Ethnic Unions in England and Wales

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  • Feng, Zhiqiang

    () (University of St. Andrews)

  • van Ham, Maarten

    () (Delft University of Technology)

  • Boyle, Paul

    () (University of St. Andrews)

  • Raab, Gillian M.

    () (University of St. Andrews)

Abstract

Most studies investigating residential segregation of ethnic minorities ignore the fact that the majority of adults live in couples. In recent years there has been a growth in the number of mixed ethnic unions that involve a minority member and a white member. To our knowledge, hardly any research has been undertaken to explicitly examine whether the ethnic mix within households has an impact on the residential choices of households in terms of the ethnic mix of destination neighbourhoods. Our study addresses this research gap and examines the tendencies of migration among mixed ethnic unions in comparison with their co-ethnic peers. We used data from the Longitudinal Study for England and Wales. Our statistical analysis supports the spatial assimilation theory: ethnic minorities move towards less deprived areas and to a lesser extent also towards less ethnically concentrated areas. However, the types of destination neighbourhood of minority people living in mixed ethnic unions varied greatly with the ethnicity of the ethnic minority partner.

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  • Feng, Zhiqiang & van Ham, Maarten & Boyle, Paul & Raab, Gillian M., 2012. "A Longitudinal Study of Migration Propensities for Mixed Ethnic Unions in England and Wales," IZA Discussion Papers 6394, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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    Keywords

    ethnic concentration; deprivation; migration; mixed ethnic unions; longitudinal analysis;

    JEL classification:

    • J12 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Marriage; Marital Dissolution; Family Structure
    • J15 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Minorities, Races, Indigenous Peoples, and Immigrants; Non-labor Discrimination
    • J61 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Geographic Labor Mobility; Immigrant Workers
    • R23 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - Regional Migration; Regional Labor Markets; Population

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