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New patterns of residential mobility in the metropolis of Barcelona and its role in residential segregation processes

Any de realizació: 2023

Equip: Sergio Porcel (dir.), Fernando Antón-Alonso, Raúl Morcillo i David Gil

Institució: AMB

This monographic study shows the increase and changes that have occurred in the patterns of residential mobility in the Barcelona metropolis in recent years. Between 2017 and 2022, more than one million people in the metropolitan region changed their home, recovering the growing trend of this phenomenon and reaching historical highs. The driving reasons for changes of residence also varied. Although residential improvement has maintained its prominence, the formation of a home or other family motivations has lost weight, while economic or forced motives for housing have increased significantly. The congruence between the motivations for change – marked by the ability to choose – and the subsequent selection of the place of residence show two unequal patterns that reinforce the patterns of socioeconomic residential segregation and contribute to the persistence of urban vulnerability. Thus, the analysis of residential mobility patterns with metropolitan neighborhoods as territorial units has made it possible to demonstrate the different mechanisms through which housing changes contribute to the perpetuation of high levels of urban vulnerability.