Natives' opinions on ethnic residential segregation and neighbourhood diversity in Helsinki, Oslo and Stockholm

Roger Andersson, Ingar Brattbakk, Mari Vaattovaara
2016 Housing Studies  
a institute for Housing and urban Research (iBF), uppsala university, uppsala, sweden; b Work Research institute (WRi), oslo and Akershus university College of Applied sciences, oslo, norway; c department of geography, university of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland ABSTRACT 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
more » ... ce 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?
doi:10.1080/02673037.2016.1219332 fatcat:g4zhxi2blzf6zl3rpjsiubpcgq