Migrant Integration in Times of Economic Crisis

Policy Responses from European and North American Global Cities

  • Patrick R. Ireland

Part of the Europe in Crisis book series (EIC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Patrick R. Ireland
    Pages 13-26
  3. Patrick R. Ireland
    Pages 27-104
  4. Patrick R. Ireland
    Pages 105-111
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 113-117

About this book


This book examines how the severe economic downturn following the 2007-2008 financial crisis affected the structural integration and quality of life of urban migrants in Europe and North America. It compares the experiences of migrants from Poland, Romania, Serbia, Pakistan, and Ghana in five similar, secondary global cities of Hamburg (Germany), Barcelona (Spain), Chicago (USA), Toronto (Ontario, Canada), and Montréal (Québec, Canada) over the period of 2000-2015. The work uses statistical analysis to gauge changes in residential segregation and structural integration (such as unemployment, poverty, and social assistance rates). It then provides qualitative analyses of individual city neighborhoods where the target migrant groups have settled, exploring each community's unique evolution and the ambivalent impact that local policy responses have had on their quality of life. With this study, researchers, instructors, students, and policymakers with an interest in migration, urban development, and global cities will be far more knowledgeable of both the potential and limits of policy efforts. 


migration global cities social integration polarization multiculturalism Hamburg Barcelona Chicago Toronto Montreal immigration

Authors and affiliations

  • Patrick R. Ireland
    • 1
  1. 1.Political ScienceIllinois Institute of TechnologyChicagoUSA

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