Immigrant locations and native residential preferences : emerging ghettos or new communities? / Jesús Fernández-Huertas Moraga (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and IZA), Ada Ferrer-i-Carbonell (IAE, CSIC, Barcelona GSE and IZA), Albert Saiz (Massachusetts Institute of Technology and IZA) ; IZA Institute of Labor Economics
VerfasserFernández-Huertas Moraga, Jesús ; Ferrer-i-Carbonell, Ada ; Saiz, Albert
KörperschaftForschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit
ErschienenBonn, Germany : IZA Institute of Labor Economics, November 2017
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SerieDiscussion paper ; no. 11143
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While the impact of immigrants on labor markets may be small, strong political movements voicing opposition to the growth of resident foreign-born populations are on the upswing. We study whether natives voted with their feet in reaction to the largest and fastest migration shock in the OECD. The inflow, causing the population of Spain to grow by 10 percent between 1998 and 2008, represented largely a new phenomenon the size of which had not been factored into previous expectations, thereby providing quasi-experimental sources of variance. Our results show that immigrant inflows caused mild native flight from denser, established neighborhoods, but also more real estate development there. In parallel, both natives and immigrants were concurrently moving into new booming suburban communities, resulting in no changes in overall measures of ethnic segregation. In contexts where large ethnic minority arrivals spur the creation of new neighborhoods, conventional empirical methods may overstate the degree of segregationist behavior.

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