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Where and How Do Swiss and Foreigners Live? Segregation in the Geneva and Zurich Housing Markets

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the index, suggesting that the spatial distribution of the foreign population is less even in 2000 than it was in 1970. Note for example that in 1970 the value of the dissimilarity index for the foreigners amounted to about 12% in Zurich (respectively to about 7.5% in Geneva).

In Figure 3, we illustrate the spatial distribution of the dissimilarity index between Swiss with low education level and foreigners with comparable education attainment by district and hectare in Geneva and Zurich. The sum of the indexes reported in Figure 3 at the district or hectare levels corresponds to the two-group index in Table 1.

Figure 3

Dissimilarity index between Swiss with low education level and foreigners with low education level by district and hectare for Geneva and Zurich

Data sources: Swiss Population Census 2000, SITG, and GIS-centre of the ARV.

The figure shows that the share of foreigners with low education that would have to shift in order to achieve complete evenness with respect to the Swiss with a low education level is greater in the city centre of Geneva, respectively around the city centre in Zurich.

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