Mobility, Commuting and School Segregation in a Multiethnic City

Diana Lopez-Falcon, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research
Jordi Bayona-i-Carrasco, Universitat de Barcelona

The swift growth of immigrant population in the first decade of the 21st century has contributed to the diverse composition of the Spanish population. The diversity of the inflows could also be perceived in the younger structure by age of the newcomers, with an increasing proportion of children and youth result of their settlement processes. Consequently, the societal change has been reflected not only at residential but also at school level. The aim of this research is to shed some light on the relation between mobility, commuting and school segregation in a multiethnic city as Barcelona. By analyzing the enrolled and resident populations, it aims to respond: What is the effect of residential mobility in school segregation? To what extent student mobility is due to residential changes and commuting? Are there differential strategies by origin –such as foot voting- leading to new and relatively stable types of multiethnic schools?

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Presented in Poster Session 8