Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/58870
Authors: 
Feng, Zhiqiang
van Ham, Maarten
Boyle, Paul
Raab, Gillian M.
Year of Publication: 
2012
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion Paper series, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 6394
Abstract: 
Most studies investigating residential segregation of ethnic minorities ignore the fact that the majority of adults live in couples. In recent years there has been a growth in the number of mixed ethnic unions that involve a minority member and a white member. To our knowledge, hardly any research has been undertaken to explicitly examine whether the ethnic mix within households has an impact on the residential choices of households in terms of the ethnic mix of destination neighbourhoods. Our study addresses this research gap and examines the tendencies of migration among mixed ethnic unions in comparison with their co-ethnic peers. We used data from the Longitudinal Study for England and Wales. Our statistical analysis supports the spatial assimilation theory: ethnic minorities move towards less deprived areas and to a lesser extent also towards less ethnically concentrated areas. However, the types of destination neighbourhood of minority people living in mixed ethnic unions varied greatly with the ethnicity of the ethnic minority partner.
Subjects: 
mixed ethnic unions
migration
deprivation
ethnic concentration
longitudinal analysis
JEL: 
J12
J15
J61
R23
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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