Superdiversity and recent immigration: Pathways of settlement

Library of Birmingham, Room 104
Lectures Talks and Workshops, Social Sciences
Thursday 6th November 2014 (14:30-16:30)
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Dr Susanne Wessendorf

Urban areas in the UK and beyond have seen significant changes in patterns of immigration, leading to profound diversification. This diversification is characterized by the multiplication of people of different national origins, but also differentiations regarding migration histories, religions, educational backgrounds, legal statuses and socio-economic backgrounds. How has this diversification of diversity, also described as 'superdiversity', impacted on social life on the local level? How do people get along in a context where almost everybody comes from elsewhere? This ESRC Festival of Social Science event will present findings from a 5-year ethnographic research project in the London Borough of Hackney, showing that diversity in this context has become commonplace. Rather than experiencing it as something particularly unusual, local residents see diversity as normal part of everyday life. 

Following a presentation, participants were able to join in with group discussions which explored in detail reactions to the findings and examine the limitations and potential of a new project which comparatively looks at the settlement of recent migrants in two superdiverse areas.