Sociodemographic renewal of a mature urban center: Migration profiles and residential filters in Barcelona

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Since Barcelona's central municipality reached its maturity, migration and residential mobility have been the determinant factors of its sociodemographic renewal. It has been proved in many other inner cities that participants in residential flows (moving into, moving out and moving within the urban core) are intensively selected according their sociodemographic profiles. In Barcelona, young people, singles, professionals and the highly educated are more willing to move into and within the central city. Meanwhile, family dimension is behind most of the leaving the inner city movements. Manual workers and medium educated are more likely to leave central areas. As a consequence, Barcelona's urban core has experienced an intense process of population renewal during the last decade. The research is based on the analysis of the Census 2001 100% microdata, which have enable us to explore the sociodemographic profile of each person moving into, leaving from and moving within Barcelona's central city.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages24
JournalScripta Nova. (Ejemplar dedicado a: La planificación territorial y el urbanismo desde el diálogo y la participación. Número extraordinario dedicado al XI Coloquio Internacional de Geocrítica)
Issue number270
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2008


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