Immigration, new religious symbols, and the dynamics of neighborhoods

Ina Blind, Matz Dahlberg

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Last decades' non-western immigration to Europe has resulted in culturally and religiously more diverse populations in many countries. One manifestation of this diversification is new features in the cityscape. Using a quasiexperimental approach, in which an unexpected political process that led way to the first public call to prayer from a mosque in Sweden is combined with rich, daily, information on housing sales and detailed monthly information on internal migration, this paper examines how one such new feature affects neighborhood dynamics. While our results indicate that the calls to prayer increased house prices closer to the mosque, we find no evidence of increased residential segregation between natives and immigrants.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)929-958
Number of pages30
JournalJournal of Regional Science
Issue number5
Early online date2020 Apr 20
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Nov

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Economics
  • International Migration and Ethnic Relations

Free keywords

  • call to prayer
  • house prices
  • migration
  • quasiexperiment


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