Transition towards homeownership among foreign-born immigrants in Spain from a life-course approach


  • Daniela Vono-de-Vilhena,

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    1. Centro de Estudios Demográficos – Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
    • Centro de Estudios Demográficos, Campus de la Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Edifici E208193 Bellaterra (Barcelona), Spain
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  • Jordi Bayona-Carrasco

    1. Human Geography Department, Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
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  • This paper is part of the project ‘Anàlisis demográfico de las necesidades de vivienda en España, 2005–2015’, (SEJ2007-60119/GEOG), funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation and directed by the Dr. Juan Antonio Módenes, and the project ‘Demographic behaviours and social integration of immigrants and their children in Spain’ (CSO2008-04778/SOCI), directed by Dr. Andreu Domingo and funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation, through the National R+D+I Plan 2008–2011.


The objective of this paper is to analyse immigrants' transition to homeownership in Spain from a life-course approach, utilising homeownership as an indicator of the integration process. We use data from the National Immigrant Survey that allows for a longitudinal analysis of this transition in Spain. Results have shown strong differences in homeownership depending on immigrant's country of birth. The length of stay in Spain, marriage and transnational ties with the country of origin were also demonstrated to be relevant factors in the analysis. Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.