The ‘Integration’ of people of Dutch descent in superdiverse neighbourhoods

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Abstract

In the past 40 years, researchers into migration and integration have focussed almost exclusively on migrants and their children. This one-sided focus has persisted, even though it is generally acknowledged that integration is a two-way process in which not only migrants, but also the established population play an important role (see, for example, Garces-Mascareňas and Penninx 2016; Martinovic 2013). Amsterdam and Rotterdam have both become majority-minority cities where now all ethnic population groups – including that of Dutch descent – form a numerical minority. This new reality makes it even more urgent to examine the group without a migration background. In cities like Amsterdam and Rotterdam, only one out of three young people under the age of 15 are of Dutch descent (Crul 2016). The transformation of the former majority group to a numerical minority group may well be one of the most significant urban transformations of our time. The current backlash against migrants and refugees has made it clear that the integration of people of Dutch descent into today’s superdiverse majority-minority neighbourhoods and cities is a topic that begs attention.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComing to Terms with Superdiversity
Subtitle of host publicationThe Case of Rotterdam
EditorsPeter Scholten, Maurice Crul, Paul van de Laar
PublisherSpringer Nature Switzerland AG
Chapter10
Pages191-207
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9783319960418
ISBN (Print)9783319960401
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Publication series

NameImiscoe Research Series
PublisherSpringer

Keywords

  • superdiversity, integration, people of Dutch descent, creative class, occupational groups

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