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Residential Segregation of Immigrants: A Case Study of the Mexican Population on St. Paul's West Side.

Dick, Eva.

Residential segregation refers to the concentration or uneven distribution of residents from different socio-economic or racial/ethnic backgrounds across a city or region. Although research on residential segregation has focused on a diversity of issues, ranging from the causes and consequences of segregation to changes in the levels and patterns of segregation in a particular area, most of the literature regards residential segregation as a negative phenomenon assumed to have harmful impacts on the segregated population. However, recent immigrants to the country from Asian or Latin American countries often cluster in ethnic enclaves within the communities where they live, and empirical studies in Europe in the 1990s suggest that residential clustering or segregation may convey social and economic benefits to new immigrants. Moreover, some evidence suggests that ethnic enclaves favor the development of co-ethnic networks that not only help immigrant newcomers to become established in their new communities, but also foster social mobility and provide bridges to the dominant culture. Using the Mexican population on the West Side of St. Paul as a case study, this article explores the impact of residential segregation on the development of social capital and social mobility of immigrants.

CURA Reporter
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Minneapolis: Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA), University of Minnesota.
Supported in part by the author's residence at CURA through the Visiting Scholar Program.
38 (1): 3-11
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Reporter 38 (1)