Spatial integration trajectories for ethnic minority groups in the metropolitan areas of Finland

Authors: Karin Kangur*, University of Tartu (Estonia), Anneli Kährik, University of Tartu (Estonia)
Topics: Migration, Urban Geography, Population Geography
Keywords: residential segregation, social mobility, spatial integration, neighborhood change
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/10/2018
Start / End Time: 12:40 PM / 2:20 PM
Room: Napoleon C3, Sheraton 3rd Floor
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Immigrants’ residential segregation is often seen as problematic because it hampers social networking between different groups, and overall social integration. It also usually refers to structural constraints and discrimination in society. According to some theories there is a strong relationship between social mobility and spatial integration of minority groups. Our goal is to gain understanding on the complex phenomenon on how spatial integration of ethnic groups evolves over time and how it is related to social mobility and other individual and household level factors. Finland is a country which has recently experienced a rapid inflow of immigrants. Yet little is known about the spatio-temporal practices and neighbourhood trajectories of ethnic minority groups. We, thus, follow the neighbourhood trajectories of those minority groups, differentiated by the country of origin, over time (since 2000 to 2015), and investigate how socio-economic variables and other factors influence integration outcomes in Finnish society, and in main urban regions in particular, where ethnic minorities are concentrated. The analysis is based on register data including total population living in Finland. For methods we use longitudinal data analysis for studying individual neighbourhood trajectories, and regression analysis.

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