Increasing Socio-Economic Segregation in European Cities
The first URMI policy brief (November 28, 2016) shows that inequality is increasing in European cities and this rising inequality is increasingly translated into higher levels of socio-economic segregation in cities and neighbourhoods. Also in Helsinki segregation levels are increasing, especially at the micro-urban scale. Increasing segregation can threaten the social sustainability of cities. The spatial isolation of low income people, often with an ethnic minority background, can lead them to get cut off from social networks and mainstream society, and this can lead to social unrest and reduced levels of trust. Policy initiatives should focus on reducing inequality by creating better opportunities for the social mobility of low income groups by investing in education and training. Inclusive growth strategies should combine both people-based and area-based policy measures.