Study: Neighborhood natives move out when immigrants move in

Native residents of a neighborhood are more likely to move out when immigrants move in, according to new research by three American sociologists.

"Neighborhood Immigration and Native Out-Migration" appears in the February issue of the . Study authors are Kyle Crowder of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Matthew Hall of the University of Illinois-Chicago and Stewart E. Tolnay of the University of Washington.

The authors note that for native whites the tendency to leave areas with large and growing immigrant populations appears to be rooted in reactions to the of a neighborhood. In contrast, decreasing homeownership rates and increasing costs of housing in the neighborhood appear to be the primary impetus for native blacks to leave neighborhoods with large and growing immigrant populations.

However, large concentrations of immigrants in areas surrounding a neighborhood reduce the likelihood that native black and white residents of that neighborhood will leave. The scholars propose that this may be because these surrounding areas, which normally would be the most likely destinations for native householders seeking to relocate, become less attractive to those native householders when they contain larger immigrant populations.

The authors used data from a longitudinal survey of U.S. residents called the Panel Study of Income Dynamics linked to information on neighborhoods drawn from four U.S. Censuses. The research sample included 16,516 native-born, non-Latino white and non-Latino black heads of households from 1968 to 2005.

"While the settlement patterns of immigrants themselves are important, native-born residents' decisions to remain in diversifying or to flee in the face of growing immigrant concentrations are just as crucial in determining the trajectory of residential integration," said Crowder, the Howard W. Odum Distinguished Professor of Sociology in UNC's College of Arts and Sciences and a fellow of the Carolina Population Center.

"These findings have important implications for processes of immigrant incorporation, patterns of neighborhood change and broader systems of residential segregation," he said.

Crowder researches social demography, racial and ethnic stratification, residential mobility and migration, residential segregation, neighborhood dynamics and urban politics and development.

Hall is an assistant professor in the department of sociology and the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois-Chicago. His central research interests are in urban sociology, social demography, migration/immigration and labor markets.

Tolnay is S. Frank Miyamoto Professor of Sociology at the University of Washington. His recent research and publications have focused on the Great Migration of African-Americans.


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Feb 08, 2011
Please correct me if I'm wrong here: Do I detect a euphemism for non-whites in the word "immigrants"?

From reading the text I think the writers are pretty much staying on the politically correct side.

I'm sure if the immigrants were German, Italian or English WHITE persons, no such moving out would occur.

Feb 08, 2011
so Kevs a racist as well? Imagine that. Probably signs up to eugenics too. Your Ghod would not be pleased Kev.

Feb 08, 2011
so Kevs a racist as well? Imagine that. Probably signs up to eugenics too. Your Ghod would not be pleased Kev.


Ironically, minorities in America are practicing "reverse eugenics" on themselves. They have abortions at an excess of 30% in addition to growing AIDS rates due to sexual immorality. They are annihilating themselves.

That doesn't make me happy. It sickens me.

Racism has nothing to do with it. The actual facts, including those provided by liberal groups and minority groups, supports these statements.

I think you completely misunderstood what kevin was saying, or else you simply like taking advantage of a poor word choice and misrepresenting what was said.

Feb 08, 2011
Racism has nothing to do with it. The actual facts, including those provided by liberal groups and minority groups, supports these statements.
Then produce your sources.
I think you completely misunderstood what kevin was saying, or else you simply like taking advantage of a poor word choice and misrepresenting what was said
Nope, Kev is about as ignorant as they come. Racism would be a short step from his current position.

Feb 09, 2011
growing AIDS rates due to sexual immorality


I've always been stumped by this equation of sex with morals.

Given, in some cases, sex may be an expression of immorality - i.e. in the case of a cheating spouse. But what is immoral there is the broken promise, surely?

Also, of course, sex may become a destructively compulsive behaviour, as may gambling, drinking, playing playstation, washing your hands, or any other activity...

As for AIDS... Unprotected sex is a dangerous behaviour, certainly - even reckless. But the 'immoral' aspect is the endangerment of anothers wellbeing - not sex itself.

And what is any discussion of the spread AIDS without mention of the stunning contribution to that spread of the Catholic church? Talk of your immorality..

Sex itself is not immoral; no more than scratching an itch is, or giving a massage, or eating, or peeing. It is the circumstances under which sex takes place that may be immoral or harmful.

Feb 09, 2011
Then produce your sources.

CNS News 10/22/09:
"Abortion Kills More Black Americans Than the Seven Leading Causes of Death Combined, Says CDC Data"

From wikipedia, "Abortion in the United States":
"In 2004, the rates of abortion by ethnicity in the U.S. were 50 abortions per 1,000 black women, 28 abortions per 1,000 Hispanic women, and 11 abortions per 1,000 white women."

Funny, that article also confirms that "rape and incest" amounted to 1% of the cases of abortion and the "health of the mother", which probably included the phony catch-all "psychological" health, was a whopping 2.8%. So much for that "rape, incest, health of the mother" stuff.

All the rest were for convenience or a refusal to accept the consequences of their own actions, so we'll just kill whatever that lump is and feel all better.

These are just two of the several million sources found by googling "abortions by race".

Feb 09, 2011
Abortion, the word itself, is slowly losing it's meaning to me seeing how frequently it's brought up on this site, especially when it has no relation to the article.

I also hear in my head that one scene from the Ali G movie where he is beat boxing along with a woman singing "We Shall Overcome". He mixes in the word abortion a few times...hilarious.

Feb 09, 2011
@ geokstr:
Was there a percentage in that article for "Kids would have been raised by deadbeat parents to become future criminals / vagrants"?

Feb 10, 2011
Was there a percentage in that article for "Kids would have been raised by deadbeat parents to become future criminals / vagrants"?

You can read, can't you, so why don't you find out for yourself?

As to your comment, perhaps if the "Progressive" nanny state had not destroyed the black family (and is doing its best to do the same with Hispanics and whites) with welfare and other rewards to unmarried children having children, perhaps there would be a lot more black fathers and husbands still in those families now, providing good role models for their kids instead of gangbangers, pimps, athletes and rappers.

But you're just being a typical leftist racist, following Margaret Sanger's eugenics. We don't need all those darkies around anyway, right, they'll just be criminals?

I'll bet you didn't know that before the "Great Society" tore up the black family, they were more intact on average than whites, and were closing the income gap too.

Progs at work. Wonderful.

Feb 10, 2011
Deadbeats come in all colors and creeds. You're the one playing the race card.

Feb 11, 2011
Deadbeats come in all colors and creeds. You're the one playing the race card.

My comment was about how the Progressive policies have destroyed the black family, which before the Progs came along was stronger than the white family, but you, as a typical leftling, see that as "racist" (as in "you disagree with me, a liberal, therefore you are a "racist").

Disgusting, but totally expected. Try reading some Thomas Sowell on the subject some time. He's quite brilliant, and black too. (Oopsie, I said the word black. I must be a "racist".)


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