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The impact of housing policies and housing markets on ethnic spatial segregation: Comparing the capital cities of four Nordic welfare states
Aalborg Univ, Danish Bldg Res Inst, Birkerod, Denmark.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for Housing and Urban Research.
Univ Oslo, Inst Sociol & Geog, Oslo, Norway.
City Helsinki Urban Facts, Helsinki, Finland.
2016 (English)In: International journal of housing policy, ISSN 1461-6718, E-ISSN 1473-3269, Vol. 16, no 1, 1-30 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper examines how ethnic segregation is connected to an ethnic division of the housing market and a spatial separation of different housing tenures in four Nordic cities. Explanations for the differences across the cities are found by comparing housing markets and housing policies. The housing markets are in all four cities ethnically segmented with high concentrations of immigrants in some forms of tenures (especially social/public housing) and low concentrations in others. We further discuss the reasons for the observed pattern. The paper shows that the spatial distribution of immigrants is strongly connected with the tenure composition of neighbourhoods. Ethnic divisions of housing tenures thus contributes to segregation, but the effect is much dependent on how tenures are distributed spatially. It is shown that ethnic segregation in three of the cities is connected to social housing, while cooperative housing is crucial in the fourth. It is also shown that a policy of neighbourhood tenure mix in one of the cities has resulted in a relatively low degree of segregation in spite of high concentrations of immigrants in social/public housing.

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London: Routledge, 2016. Vol. 16, no 1, 1-30 p.
Keyword [en]
ethnic spatial segregation; tenure segmentation; housing policy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-269430DOI: 10.1080/14616718.2015.1110375ISI: 000377696900001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-269430DiVA: diva2:883015
Available from: 2015-12-16 Created: 2015-12-16 Last updated: 2016-07-25Bibliographically approved

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