This paper analyses migrations at neighbourhood level in relation to the persistence of deprived neighbourhoods. The
research is based on a sample of deprived neighbourhoods located in the inner-cities of Brussels and six Flemish cities.
Their migration pattern was analysed and compared to a sample of middle-class neighbourhoods which are also located
in the inner city. More than one million migration movements covering a period of 14 years (1986-1999) were
analysed according to age, nationality and family composition. This was the first time that data of this kind were available
for research in Belgium. The main findings hint at a migration pattern that perpetuates deprived neighbourhoods.
Residents of these neighbourhoods move more often and over a shorter distance then their counterparts in the reference
neighbourhoods. Residents of a deprived neighbourhood also tend to move to another deprived neighbourhood.
A clear difference is noted between the Belgian population and migrant groups such as Moroccans and Turks. Groups
that are weaker from a socio-economic perspective tend to stay much more within the circuit of deprived neighbourhoods,
hereby perpetuating their existence. We also noted that once their economic situation has improved, the
strongest households move out of the neighbourhood, leaving the rest of the population 'trapped' behind. The article
closes with a set of policy recommendations.
Keywords : Intra-Urban Migration, Deprived Neighbourhoods, Migration Dynamics.
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