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Ethnic Dimensions Of Suburbanisation In Estonia

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Executive Summary

Large scale suburbanization is a relatively recent phenomenon in East Central Europe and responsible for major socio-spatial changes in metropolitan areas. Little is known about the ethnic dimensions of this process. However, large minority population groups, mainly ethnic Russians, remained into the former member states of the Soviet Union after its dissolution in 1991. The authors use individual level Estonia Census data in order to investigate the ethnic dimensions of suburbanization. The results show that ethnic minorities have a considerably lower probability to suburbanize compared to the majority population, and minorities are less likely to move to rural municipalities - the main sites of suburban change - in the suburban ring of cities.

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