To move or not to move? Immigration and natives' neighborhood choices in Seoul, Korea

Joseph Han, Jinwook Hur, Jongkwan Lee, Hyunjoo Yang

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Abstract

We investigate the impact of an increase in immigrant inflows on natives' residential choices in a large metropolitan city. We utilize an administrative dataset containing information about residential address changes and self-reported reasons for relocation. Exploiting the expansion of a special visa program as an exogenous shock, we find that immigration inflows are both a push and a pull factor for natives. While neighborhoods in Seoul lost more than 6 natives for every 10 additional immigrants between 2006 and 2015, certain native workers were drawn to areas with immigrant inflows for job-related reasons.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)779-799
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Economic Geography
Volume22
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2022

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Keywords

  • Immigration
  • Native flight
  • South Korea

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