90 percent of immigrants in Stovner have a non-western background whilst many in Frogner have a background from Europe and the US, figures suggest.
Statistics Norway (SSB) researcher Svein Blom believes that this is due to wealth, job types and property prices, as well as new immigrants moving into the same areas as others from their countries as a way of feeling safer.
He told Aftenposten that this led to some areas having a higher representation of groups than others do. According to him, other areas do not see the same trend.
“My impression is that Søndre Nordstrand is pretty well mixed and is also more typical for the settlement pattern in Oslo. It’s not such a one-sided make-up here, like the one hears of in some American cities, where, they have their own Chinese Quarter, for example.”
International research suggests that immigrants new to a country first choose to settle in the centre of cities, moving further out into suburbs after being a resident for some time.
Svein Blom also stated that some areas are seeing a decline in residents without have an immigrant background, but says this could be due to a number of factors.
“In principle, both greater emigration than immigration and more deaths than births that can produce these types of results. Unfortunately, I have not studied this in detail, but when it comes to Groruddalen’s neighborhoods, it is most likely primarily due to relocation.”
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