, 68:103

Immigrants and world cities: from the hyper-diverse to the bypassed


DOI: 10.1007/s10708-007-9076-x

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Price, M. & Benton-Short, L. GeoJournal (2007) 68: 103. doi:10.1007/s10708-007-9076-x


A relationship between globalization, cities and immigration is increasingly apparent. Whether one is trying to understand Dubai, Toronto, or London, immigrants are culturally, economically, and spatially changing cities in significant ways. This study compares the roster of world cities with that of major urban immigrant destinations. The number of major urban immigrant destinations is growing due to the acceleration of immigration driven by income differentials, social networks and various state and local policies to recruit skilled and unskilled labor and replenish population. This study will present urban-level data on the foreign-born for 145 metropolitan areas of over 1 million people. It will focus on the world’s 19 metropolitan areas with over 1 million foreign-born residents. Analysis of the data suggests that there is a range of destination types. Although not all world cities are immigrant gateways, many are.


World CitiesImmigrationGlobalization

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of GeographyGeorge Washington UniversityWashingtonUSA