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The strength of ethnic ties: Routes into the labour market in spaces of segregation
Linköping University, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Business Administration. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Linköping University, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Uppsala universitet, IBF.
2016 (English)In: Urban Studies, ISSN 0042-0980, E-ISSN 1360-063X, Vol. 53, no 1, 3-16 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study analyses whether ethnic segregation leads to social isolation and lack of access to valuable informal channels into the labour market. We use a survey of Swedish-born young adults in Stockholm, whose parents were born either in Turkey (Stratum T) or in Sweden (Stratum S). Stratum T was randomly sampled, whereas Stratum S was sampled according to the residential distribution of Stratum T. Our results show that persons in Stratum T use informal contacts in order to find employment more often than Stratum S. Living in immigrant-dense areas increases the likelihood of finding employment through informal contacts. For Stratum T, co-ethnic contacts are more important than other contacts, in particular if they are neighbours. Access to ethnic networks and the use of ethnic contacts in the labour market differ between persons of Turkish, Kurdish and Assyrian/Syriac backgrounds. In contrast to the isolation thesis, this study shows that young adults in immigrant-dense neighbourhoods have access to and benefit more from informal channels in order to find ways into labour market.

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Sage Publications, 2016. Vol. 53, no 1, 3-16 p.
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employment, ethnicity, neighbourhood, second generation, segregation
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International Migration and Ethnic Relations Work Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-112710DOI: 10.1177/0042098014560498ISI: 000366672500001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-112710DiVA: diva2:769872
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Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2008-0854
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Funding agencies: Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research [2008-0854]

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