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Urban Renewal

Migration without Moving? (1998- 1999)

Old former working-class urban neighbourhoods built in the time of industrialisation have in the last decades been particularly affected by the decline of industry and the retreat of local trade At the same time, because of their relatively inexpensive housing, they have become preferred targets of foreign immigration. Migration research has primarily addressed problems of integration as seen by immigrants. Informative as this may be, without consideration of the 'other side', i.e. immigation as seen by native residents, the change processes at work in immigration neighbourhoods cannot be completely understood. The project 'Migration without Moving? The Perspective of Native Residents in Immigration Neighbourhoods: Implications for Integration Processes and Spatial Planning - Research by Biographical Methods' financed by the Volkswagen Foundation has the objective to develop a 'theory of acceptance' in order to better understand the acceptance of immigrants by native residents and to identify planning approaches that support intercultural action, resolve conflicts before they arise and utilise and honour the integration achieved in theses neighbourhoods. The study area of the project is the Borsigplatz neighbourhood in Dortmund. In the project biographical methods are used and complemented by information gleaned from newspaper archives, old address directories and other documents informing about the local history.

Contact: Volker Kreibich

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