Seminar Thursday 11th June: Migration and demographic changes in Spain

You are warmly invited to a CoDE/CMIST seminar by visiting researcher Juan Galeano (CED, Barcelona) on Thursday 11th June, 1-2pm, HBS room 2.07. The seminar will discuss international migration and demographic changes in Spain before and during the economic crisis. A light lunch and cold drinks will be provided. Please see below for further information.

INTERNATIONAL MIGRATION AND DEMOGRAPHIC CHANGE IN SPAIN BEFORE AND DURING THE ECONOMIC CRISIS (2000-2014): A DEMO-SPATIAL ANALYSIS

Juan Galeano (PhD. Student in Demography)

Centre d’Estudis Demogràfics, Barcelona, Spain

During the first decade of the 21st Century Spain experienced one of the most remarkable episodes of international migration worldwide. Following the numerical increase and diversification of the inflows, the study of immigrant populations’ settlement has become fundamental to assess whether and how different groups experience the patterns and processes of spatial concentration and dispersal. The residential settlement of newcomers changed drastically the composition of the human landscape at all territorial levels, both national and local, imposing to policy makers and migration managers a great challenge at managing increasing population diversity. In the Spanish changing context of economic growth and crisis two linked phenomena are perceived as particularly relevant for social cohesion: the degree of residential segregation between the immigrant populations and natives, and the spatial concentration of the former. To assess the two of them we combine residential segregation indexes and a residential classification method that allows us to locate concentrations at the census tract level, as well as to track them over time. Our results show a clear trend towards spatial assimilation of the different immigrant groups, which has not be disrupted by the impact of the economic crisis. In terms of spatial concentration, after a period of sustained growth of this type of residential area, a decrease in its number can be traced from 2012 onwards, related with losses of the foreign-born population, mainly of those born in Western-European countries.

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