Migration, race and population dynamics

Ludi Simpson

in Promoting social cohesion

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9781847426956
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303084 | DOI:
Migration, race and population dynamics

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This chapter outlines the available approaches to understanding and interpreting local population change, in the context of government policy for community cohesion. It first addresses the claims that residential segregation is dangerous and friendship networks are polarised. The chapter then describes the existing advice on local demographic monitoring and provides further practical guidance to assist policy makers in developing the necessary contextual information for the evaluation of local initiatives. The ethnic composition of neighbourhoods and friendship networks still taxes the popular image of successful communities, and stimulates academic and government concerns. The importance of monitoring population composition in order to understand change has been repeatedly claimed but remains a gap in practice. Neighbourhood population studies do provide an essential context for policies of social cohesion, and suffer from a lack of updated information between Censuses of Population.

Keywords: community cohesion; government policy; migration; race; population dynamics; friendship networks; neighbourhood population

Chapter.  7038 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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