Migrants’ Population, Residential Segregation, and Metropolitan Spaces - Insights from the Italian Experience over the Last 20 Years

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https://doi.org/10.33182/ml.v19i3.1795

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Foreign population, immigration policy, residential segregation, metropolitan space

Abstract

Southern European studies of migrants’ spatial distribution within metropolitan cities (MCs) are increasingly relevant to understanding residential segregation and marginalisation, particularly of foreign nationals. This paper leverages original and partially unpublished data to examine overall and foreign national specific segregation over two decades in Rome MC and Milan MC, the two largest Italian MCs. We introduce a 5-class concentric ring typology to describe and uncover geographical patterns within the MCs and focus on the spatial and temporal distribution of four selected foreign nationalities: Romanian, Bangladeshi, Chinese, and Filipino. Results reveal heterogeneity in overall and foreign national specific distributions over time both within and between Rome MC and Milan MC. Comparing across groups and MCs we identify similarities but also unique patterns. These results shed light on the peculiarity of the urban demographic Italian landscape and raise questions regarding recent theories about residential segregation in the urban contexts of Southern Europe.

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Federico Benassi, Italian National Institute of Statistics

Federico Benassi is a researcher at the Italian National Institute of Statistics (Istat) since 2010. His research interests focus on spatial demography and migration. He is a member of the International Union for the Scientific Studies of Population (IUSSP), the Italian Association for Population Studies (AISP), and the Italian Society of Economics, Demography and Statistics (SIEDS).

Massimiliano Crisci, Italian national Research Council

Massimiliano Crisci is a Senior Researcher at the Italian National Research Council, Institute for Research on Population and Social Policies (CNR–IRPPS). He is concerned with population studies and focuses on international migration, long-distance commuting and intra-urban mobility. He has participated in several national and international research projects and has published monographs and numerous essays in books and scientific journals.

 

Stephen A. Matthews, The Pennsylvania State University

Stephen A. Matthews is a Liberal Arts Professor of Sociology, Anthropology, and Demography (with courtesy appointment in Geography and the School of International Affairs) and the Director of the Graduate Program in Demography at Penn State. He has a longstanding interest in the use of spatial concepts, data, measures, and methods to study population health and spatial inequality in diverse community contexts with substantive research focusing on racial/ethnic disparities, residential inequality, health disparities, and spatial inequality. Matthews is the current editor of the journal Spatial Demography.

Stefania Maria Lorenza Rimoldi, University of Milano - Bicocca

Stefania M.L. Rimoldi is Assistant Professor of Demography at the Department of Statistics and Quantitative Methods of the University of Milano-Bicocca (Italy). Research interests focus on migration, social exclusion, and spatial demography. She is a member of the International Union for the Scientific Studies of Population (IUSSP), the European Association for Population Studies (EAPS), and the Italian Association for Population Studies (AISP). She is a member of the board of Directors of the Italian Society of Economics, Demography and Statistics (SIEDS).

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2022-05-04

How to Cite

Benassi, F., Crisci, M., Matthews, S. A., & Rimoldi, S. M. L. (2022). Migrants’ Population, Residential Segregation, and Metropolitan Spaces - Insights from the Italian Experience over the Last 20 Years . Migration Letters, 19(3), 287–301. https://doi.org/10.33182/ml.v19i3.1795

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