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Geographical Analysis of Foreign Immigration and Spatial Patterns in Urban Areas: Density Estimation and Spatial Segregation

  • Giuseppe Borruso
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5072)

Abstract

The paper is focused on the analysis of immigrant population with particular reference to their spatial distribution and the tendency to cluster in some parts of a city, with the risk of generating ethnic enclaves or ghettoes. Methods used in the past to measure segregation and other characteristics of immigrants have long been aspatial, therefore not considering relationships between people within a city. In this paper the attention is dedicated to methods to analyse the immigrant residential distribution spatially, with particular reference to density-based method. The analysis is focused on the Municipality of Trieste (Italy) as a case study to test different methods for the analysis of immigration, and particularly to compare traditional indices, as Location Quotients and the Index of Segregation, to different, spatial ones, both based on Kernel Density Estimation functions, as the S index and the first version of an Index of Diversity.

Keywords

GIS Geographical Analysis Foreign Immigration Spatial Segregation Density Estimation Trieste (Italy) 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Giuseppe Borruso
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  1. 1.Department of Geographical and Historical SciencesUniversity of TriesteTriesteItaly

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