Immigrant Locations and Native Residential Preferences in Spain: New Ghettos?

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IZA Seminar

Place: Schaumburg-Lippe-Str. 9, 53113 Bonn

Date: 17.09.2013, 12:15 - 13:30


Presentation by 

Jesús Fernández-Huertas Moraga (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid)


International migration made the Spanish population grow by 10 percent between 1998 and 2008. This paper studies where migrants settled and how natives reacted to such a huge and rapid inflow, the largest and fastest migration-induced increase in the OECD. Our preliminary results show the existence of two types of neighborhoods in metro areas: city centers and centers of satellite towns where immigrants clearly displaced natives and suburbs into which both natives and immigrants located. The resulting average segregation levels in Spain mask vast differences across neighborhoods and immigrant nationalities.

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