Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

Ethnic segregation and the housing market in two cities in northern and southern Europe: the cases of Amsterdam and Barcelona

Sako Musterd, Arkaitz Fullaondo Elordui-Zapaterietxe


Uneven urban geographies of different immigrant or ethnic groups have received ample
attention across the world; however in Southern Europe the picture is as yet unclear. Most
Southern European countries recently experienced a new phase in their modern history
because they became net immigrant receivers after having been net ‘deliverers’ of migrants for
many decades. This opens the question what direction this migration will take and what the
implications for the segregation in cities will be. One of the crucial questions in that respect is
what the implications will be for the functioning of the housing market. Will some parallels
develop with what occurred in Northern Europe? Or will there be a development with an own
character. In this article we aim to contribute to answering these questions through a
comparison of the segregation and housing relation in the cities of Amsterdam and Barcelona.

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