The Socioeconomic and Ethnic Segregation of Living Conditions in Copenhagen

Iver Hornemann Møller, Jørgen Elm Larsen

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    Abstract

    The aim of this article is to analyze the discrepancies between certain aspects of living conditions of ethnic Danes and immigrants in Copenhagen. Copenhagen is quite prosperous and fares well in the globalized economy but is at the same time experiencing increasing poverty and ethnic segregation. Differences in income have increased spatial segregation in Copenhagen in terms of housing and education. This segregation is most visible in relation to highly educated Danes and immigrants from non-Western countries. The article first examines poverty at household level and its spatial dimensions. Secondly, it considers other living conditions (for example social networks). Thirdly, it explores immigrants’ experiences of, among other things, education, employment and citizenship. It concludes that social cohesion in Copenhagen may be threatened if this segregation continues.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalRevista Crítica de Ciências Sociais
    Issue number108
    Pages (from-to)7-30
    Number of pages24
    ISSN0254-1106
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

    Keywords

    • Copenhagen (Danmark)
    • Immigrants and natives Danes
    • Living conditions
    • Poverty
    • Segregation

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