The Production of Arrival Neighbourhoods

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The Role of Housing Stock and its Dynamics for Socio-Spatial Segregation and Social Cohesion

Client: Research Institute for the Advancement of Society (FGW)
Time frame: Nevember 2018 to May 2019

The project investigates specifics of the housing stock that influence the emergence and further dynamics of arrival neighbourhoods. It assumes that the interplay of specific demand and supply situations has a decisive influence on the emergence of arrival spaces.

There are currently few studies that analyse the type and nature of housing supply in arrival neighbourhoods and the strategies of various housing providers to respond to immigration and increasing diversity. The existing body of literature is rather vague and shows various gaps. In the course of a systematic literature review, research results from Germany and Europe are evaluated in order to present a coherent picture of the research landscape and the state of scientific knowledge on the subject.

Methodical approaches to the recording of relations between the built environment and its conditions of use, on the one hand, and social dynamics, on the other hand, are examined more closely using the example of arrival neighbourhoods.

Research questions

  • What significance do residential structures have for the emergence of arrival neighbourhoods?
  • Which structural and spatial specifics do arrival neighbourhoods have in the area of housing in comparison to the respective urban area as well as to other parts of the city influenced by migration?
  • How did they change over time?
  • What significance do strategies, portfolio development, letting and occupancy practices of different housing providers play for the emergence of specific housing market situations and framework conditions?
  • How can relevant mechanisms and practices be better understood in the future?

Characteristics of the stock, its ownership structures and supply-side mechanisms of housing access are identified that contribute to residential segregation and influence social cohesion under the specific conditions of arrival neighbourhoods.

In this context, the role and impact of relevant policies and practices of urban development will also be considered. The aim is to examine governance of actors and other forms of formal and informal cooperation, with a special focus on different housing providers.