ASIANS, PACIFIC ISLANDERS, AND ETHNOBURBS IN AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND

Authors

  • Ron Johnston,

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      Dr. Johnston is a professor in the School of Geographical Sciences at the University of Bristol, Bristol, England bs8 1ss.

  • Michael Poulsen,

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      Dr. Poulsen and Dr. Forrest are associate professors of geography at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia 2109.

  • James Forrest

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      Dr. Poulsen and Dr. Forrest are associate professors of geography at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia 2109.

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      The authors are very grateful for advice and comments from Andrew Trlin. We also thank Statistics New Zealand for making data sets available on customized cd-roms.


Abstract

ABSTRACT. Recent work on Asian ethnic minority immigrants to cities in the Anglophone Pacific Rim argues that their settlement patterns do not conform to those of earlier migrant streams. Instead of concentrating in high-density, low-quality, inner-city housing, these new residents are moving directly to suburban areas where they form much less intensive concentrations—ethnoburbs—than has been typical of other culturally distinct migrant groups. We evaluate this thesis for Asian migrants in the Auckland metropolitan area, whose numbers more than quadrupled between 1991 and 2006. Their residential pattern is compared with that of Pacific Islanders also resident there, providing supporting evidence for the ethnoburb hypothesis.

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