Do you think ethnic residential clustering/ethnic enclaves in cities/ghettos are formed more because of congregation or segregation?

Posted by: PetersSmith

I presume this is in relation to larger cities, not smaller ones.

  • Congregation; Immigrants tend to live with people like themselves, which causes ethnic clustering. Ethnic groups may want certain services of their common background, such as grocery stores that offer their traditional food. Language communities may frequently form as well. Religion could also be a contributing factor. Congregated enclaves are subject to profile changes as they could follow where job openings are.

  • Segregation; Immigrants live together because discrimination forced or forces them to do so, causing ethnic enclaves to form. Segregation in the past could have caused a historical clustering of ethnicities that eventually formed "ghettos", which tend to stay put, either because they are forced or because of the already-present ethnic similarities where profile changes are not desired. Segregated areas could also be permanent because of available labor and refusal elsewhere.

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PetersSmith says2014-10-28T17:04:57.0180473-05:00
Wow, I did not realize I typed that much. Sorry.
benjaminimuffin says2014-10-28T17:25:53.9458113-05:00
It might be a bit of both.
PetersSmith says2014-10-28T17:27:36.4909334-05:00
Benjaminimuffin: Obviously it is, but I want to see if which you think MORE of a factor.
Kreakin says2014-10-29T10:30:01.2746820-05:00
Lots of places immigrants live are not prime real estate because they are below sea level, seismically unstable or flood planes etc it seems.

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