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Residential segregation and the integration of immigrants: Britain, the Netherlands and Sweden

  • Schönwälder, Karen (Ed.)
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    Three country studies on Great Britain (C. Peach), the Netherlands (S. Musterd/W. Ostendorf), and Sweden (R. Andersson) outline key features of ethnic residential segregation and discuss their relevance for the integration of migrants. For all three countries the degree of settlement concentration is considered moderate. Empirical results are presented on links between neighbourhood and, e. g., labour market integration and inter-group relations. In a concluding chapter, Karen Schönwälder offers an assessment of the available evidence on neighbourhood effects and its relevance for the German situation. While it seems too early to draw firm conclusions, current knowledge suggests that the importance of socio-spatial structures for the integration of people with a migration background should not be overestimated. The evidence does not support a choice of political intervention strategies that focus on countering ethnic residential segregation.

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    Paper provided by Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB) in its series Discussion Papers, Programme on Intercultural Conflicts and Societal Integration (AKI) with number SP IV 2007-602.

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    1. Galster, George & Andersson, Roger & Musterd, Sako & Kauppinen, Timo M., 2008. "Does neighborhood income mix affect earnings of adults? New evidence from Sweden," Journal of Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 63(3), pages 858-870, May.
    2. Sako Musterd & Roger Andersson, 2006. "Employment, Social Mobility and Neighbourhood Effects: The Case of Sweden," International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 30(1), pages 120-140, 03.
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