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Ethnic enclaves and niches

Migration A–Z

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  1. Min Zhou

Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444351071.wbeghm201

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

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Zhou, M. 2013. Ethnic enclaves and niches. The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. .

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  1. Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

Abstract

Ethnic enclaves are urban neighborhoods in which immigrant groups or ethnic minorities are residentially concentrated, while ethnic niches are where particular types of businesses are disproportionately owned and/or staffed by ethnic minorities. Many ethnic enclaves seem to be unambiguously identified by the name associated with a sending country, such as Little Italy, Little Tokyo, Koreatown, Little India, and Thaitown, while others are known by the name of a neighborhood, such as Pico Union of Los Angeles (a Latino enclave) or New Orleans East (a Vietnamese enclave).

Keywords:

  • assimilation and exclusion;
  • development;
  • poverty;
  • transnationalism;
  • identity politics;
  • immigration;
  • citizenship;
  • regional development