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Spatial assimilation and native partnership: Evidence of Iranian and Iraqi immigrant mobility from segregated areas in Stockholm, Sweden
University of St Andrews, School of Geography & Geosciences.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography and Economic History, Economic and social geography.
2013 (English)In: Population, Space and Place, ISSN 1544-8444, E-ISSN 1544-8452, Vol. 19, no 3, 311-328 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Studies testing ‘spatial assimilation’ are no longer restricted to traditional suburbanisation movements correlated with high education, income and exposure to the ‘majority’ population. Instead, greater emphasis is now being placed on other ‘cultural’ and ‘social’ aspects associated with assimilation and different patterns of movements. While these ideas have remained dominant in North America, fewer studies have tested their applicability in European contexts. This paper addresses this by examining the spatial mobility of Iranian and Iraqi immigrants from segregated areas within Stockholm County, Sweden. By using register data for individuals for the years 2001 and 2007, binary logistic regressions reveal how significant differences emerge between those who move and those who stay, particularly for human capital (education) prior to movement and social capital (having a ‘Swedish’ partner) after movement. This raises important questions for future research dealing with issues of integration, segregation and mobility.

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2013. Vol. 19, no 3, 311-328 p.
Keyword [en]
spatial assimilation, native partnership, segregation, integration, Sweden, Iranian and Iraqi immigrants
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Social and Economic Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-52911DOI: 10.1002/psp.1713OAI: diva2:507685
Available from: 2012-03-06 Created: 2012-03-06 Last updated: 2013-11-29Bibliographically approved

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