Evolution of Residential Segregation Patterns in the Netherlands between 2015 and 2020

15 Pages Posted: 21 Nov 2023

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Lucas Spierenburg

Delft University of Technology - Department of Transport & Planning

Sander van Cranenburgh

Independent

Oded Cats

Delft University of Technology

Abstract

We investigate the evolution of residential segregation patterns in the Netherlands, with a focus on the population with a non-western migration background. Unlike previous research relying on predefined spatial structures, this study employs a regionalization approach to track the evolution of social enclaves in 82 municipalities from 2015 to 2020. We find a notable convergence in segregation patterns. In cities with historically homogeneous social enclaves, such as those located within the Randstad as well as other larger cities, these enclaves are becoming more mixed, while in other cities, they tend to become more homogeneous. Furthermore, the growth of the non-western migration background population correlates with the spatial expansion of social enclaves, rather than an increase in their homogeneity.

Keywords: residential segregation, Regionalization, The Netherlands, Multi-dimensional analysis, Migration

Suggested Citation

Spierenburg, Lucas and van Cranenburgh, Sander and Cats, Oded, Evolution of Residential Segregation Patterns in the Netherlands between 2015 and 2020. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4639232 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4639232

Lucas Spierenburg (Contact Author)

Delft University of Technology - Department of Transport & Planning ( email )

Netherlands

Sander Van Cranenburgh

Independent ( email )

Oded Cats

Delft University of Technology ( email )

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