This paper discusses research published between 1997 and 2007 on the residential concentration of immigrants and ethnic and visible minority groups in Canadian metropolitan centres. Specifically, it reviews findings and conclusions that relate to the ongoing debate over the validity of assimilationist perspective assumptions regarding the typical social and spatial trajectory of newcomers. A Canadian immigrant underclass thesis is generally rejected, but some evidence emerges to suggest a potential bifurcation of the assumed pattern of sociospatial mobility. The traditional assumptions would hold for most groups, yet significant exceptions would justify an alteration of the model, essentially de-linking social from spatial mobility in the case of certain groups. Methodological considerations underlying this proposition are discussed.

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Keywords Assimilation, Canada, Immigrants, Residential concentration
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12134-008-0090-8
Journal Journal of International Migration and Integration
Citation
Mendez, P. (2009). Immigrant residential geographies and the 'spatial assimilation' debate in Canada, 1997-2007. Journal of International Migration and Integration, 10(1), 89–108. doi:10.1007/s12134-008-0090-8