Minorities want to leave cities as well

10th April 2007, Comments 0 comments

10 April 2007, AMSTERDAM – Families of ethnic origin want the same from their living environment as native Dutch do. This emerged on Tuesday from a study on the connection between minorities and the city by the Erasmus University and Movisie, a new knowledge centre which focuses on social care.

10 April 2007

AMSTERDAM – Families of ethnic origin want the same from their living environment as native Dutch do. This emerged on Tuesday from a study on the connection between minorities and the city by the Erasmus University and Movisie, a new knowledge centre which focuses on social care.

Just like many native Dutch people, middle class families of ethnic origin are increasingly abandoning the cities for suburban municipalities and new developments outside the cities.

Various estimates indicate that ethnic minorities could make up some 30 percent of the population in municipalities around the large cities in the coming years.

The city could face problems if all these active "middle-classers" continue to seek housing elsewhere.

Middle-class families of ethnic origin are eager to move into newly built homes in safe, green neighbourhoods where native Dutch are also living. In contrast to native Dutch they have little interest in fixing up homes that need a lot of work. This reminds them too much of the old homes in which they grew up.

The proximity of churches, mosques and other religious centres plays no role whatsoever. But families do want their children to be able to attend good "mixed" schools nearby. The reputation of the area plays an important role as well.

"Acting quickly and providing good quality homes can keep people in the cities," says researcher Radboud Engbersen. "The exodus is not automatic. We can do something about it. Construction must be undertaken with this group specifically in mind. We have to consider what they find important."


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