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'White Flight'? The Production and Reproduction of Immigrant Concentration Areas in Swedish Cities, 1990-2000

Åsa Bråmå
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Åsa Bråmå: Institute for Housing and Urban Research, Uppsala University, Box 785 Gävle, SE-801 29, Sweden. asa.brama@ibf.uu.se

Urban Studies, 2006, vol. 43, issue 7, 1127-1146

Abstract: The article investigates whether processes similar to 'White flight' and 'White avoidance', known from American research on residential segregation, have played a role in the increased concentration of immigrants that has affected many residential areas in Swedish cities during the 1990s. By means of a comprehensive and unique dataset, processes of neighbourhood transition and mobility are described and analysed for a selection of residential areas that have experienced increased immigrant concentration during the 1990s. The results show that 'Swedish avoidance', i.e. low in-migration rates among Swedes, rather than 'Swedish flight', i.e. high out-migration rates, has been the main driving-force behind the production and reproduction of immigrant concentration areas.

Date: 2006
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