Asians, Pacific Islanders, and ethnoburbs in Auckland, New Zealand

Ron Johnston*, Michael Poulsen, James Forrest

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)214-241
Number of pages28
JournalGeographical Review
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2008


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