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Soc. Sci. 2017, 6(2), 53;

Socioeconomic Factors of Immigrants’ Location Choices. Evidence for the South of Europe

Faculty of Law, Social Sciences and Humanities, Business Area, International University of La Rioja, Avenida de la Paz 137, Logroño 26006, Spain
Department of Applied Economics, Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Granada, Paseo la Cartuja, 7, Granada 18011, Spain
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Academic Editor: Martin J. Bull
Received: 13 March 2017 / Revised: 18 May 2017 / Accepted: 19 May 2017 / Published: 26 May 2017
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This paper takes as a reference, empirical analyses conducted in northern European countries and the United States which associate socioeconomic factors to the location patterns of immigrants. It has been suggested that the socioeconomic context of southern Europe could impact immigrants’ location choices. We analyze data on the location of immigrants in municipalities of the Andalusian region in southern Spain with respect to the factors that most influence immigrants’ location preferences as discussed in the literature: a pre-existing immigrant community, economic dynamism, population size and other scarcely investigated factors such as the territorial characteristics of the municipality and its productive structure. We conclude that immigrant location patterns in Andalusia are very similar to those found in geographical areas outside Spain, with the exception of specific characteristics related to the social and labor model of the region. View Full-Text
Keywords: immigrant flows; location factors; socioeconomic immigrant flows; location factors; socioeconomic
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Martín Martín, J.M.; Jiménez Aguilera, J.D.D. Socioeconomic Factors of Immigrants’ Location Choices. Evidence for the South of Europe. Soc. Sci. 2017, 6, 53.

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