Natives’ opinions on ethnic residential segregation and neighbourhood diversity in Helsinki, Oslo and Stockholm
2016 (English)In: Housing Studies, ISSN 0267-3037, E-ISSN 1466-1810Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Nordic countries rank high on measures indicating tolerant views on immigrants. Yet, ethnic residential segregation is stated as being a major social problem in these countries. Neighbourhood flight and avoidance behaviour among the native born could be a sign of less tolerant views on minorities, but could of course be restricted to native-born residents in areas of high-ethnic concentration. So far, no research in these countries has explicitly focused on the majority population’s view on segregation, and we know little about how native-born residents in different neighbourhood contexts view ethnic segregation or how own residential experience shapes decisions on staying or leaving; this paper aims to help fill this research lacuna. In a survey targeting 9000 native-born residents in three Nordic capital cities—stratified into neighbourhood movers and stayers and into neighbourhoods having different proportions of non-Nordic-born residents—we answer three questions: do native-born respondents prefer a neighbourhood ethnic mix? Do they see ethnic segregation as a problem? Do they prefer lower, current or higher shares of ethnic minorities in their own neighbourhoods?
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Ethnic segregation, majority population, opinions, Helsinki, Oslo, Stockholm
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-306105DOI: 10.1080/02673037.2016.1219332OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-306105DiVA: diva2:1039587