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Author(s): Emília Malcata Rebelo
Title: A methodological assessment of immigrants' settlement patterns and housing typologies in metropolitan areas
Issue Date: 2014
Abstract: The research reported in this chapter fits into recent international researches on therelevance of immigrants for urban and regional sustainability, and on the relationshipbetween immigrants settlements and socio-economic, territorial and dwellingscharacteristics.An innovative methodology is proposed in order to describe settlement and housingtypologies of different groups of immigrants that live in a certain metropolitan area,according to respective demographic, economic, professional and dwellingcharacteristics. It consists in the setting of a management information system withdifferent demographic, economic, professional, and location/housing characteristics,development of a simulation and cartographic display interface, then integrated into a setof "tableaux de bord" (to monitor the evolution of variables, and to compare differentgroups of immigrants and different territorial spaces); adjustment of an explanatorymodel for their housing locations (based on the methodology of hierarchical classificationtrees), and settlement of housing typologies, according to immigrants characteristics.This methodology is intended - through data identification, organization andstructuring to support the strategic formulation and implementation of housing policies,considering the real and predictable characteristics of different groups of immigrants in acertain territory, strictly articulated with sectorial and territorial strategies. It also enablessettlement patterns and housing typologies monitoring along time.It is applied, as a case study, to the Oporto Metropolitan Area (Portugal) but can beeasily generalized to different metropolitan and urban realities, thus supporting theharmonization of housing policies targeted to immigrants, within the scope of differentinstitutional and legal frameworks.This chapter further stresses - through the identification of inter-population and interterritorialhousing inequalities - the importance of urban planning and managementinterventions in order to ensure assess to favorable housing conditions to all people livingin a certain metropolitan area.
Subject: Geografia social, Geografia económica e social
Social geography, Social and economic geography
Scientific areas: Ciências sociais::Geografia económica e social
Social sciences::Social and economic geography
Source: Immigrants: Acculturation, Socioeconomic Challenges and Cultural Psychology
Document Type: Capítulo ou Parte de Livro
Rights: restrictedAccess
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