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Is there evidence of majority driven segregation ("white flight" phenomenon)?

Key Area:
Housing & Segregation
15/02/2012 - 11:07
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Qualitative Info

 There is no systematic evidence of "white flight". The 'migrant gettos' which are located in the old parts of the city are in most cases almost  exclusively inhabited by migrants, who reside in old, abandoned and derelict premises that were previouisly used as business premises. The very few members of local population residing in these areas are people who cannot afford to live elsewhere. In the case of the Roma, their specially designated settlements are set up in remote areas specifically to avoid protests from the local population and tensions that may escalate. Only one Roma settlement is located in a residential area, in the heart of the city (Limassol); this was claimed by the Roma for historical reasons, as this particular area was the old Turkish quarter, abandoned by its inhabitants in the period of ethnic violence (1964-1974). In addition to the Roma, this particular area now also accomodates many migrants and a small number of locals. Rather than 'white flight', the phenomenon is rather one of gentrification, as 'regeneration programs' often have the effect of essentially evicting the poorer inhabitants who are then forced to look for accomodation in poorer areas.

Groups affected/interested Migrants, Roma & Travelers
Type (R/D) Anti-migrant/xenophobia, Anti-roma/zinghanophobia
Key socio-economic / Institutional Areas Housing
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