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WPS No.56 | Manting, D., Kleinepier, T. & Lennartz, C. (2021) | Housing trajectories of EU-migrants in the Netherlands

Between quick emigration and shared living as temporary and permanent solutions

Are you interested in the multitude of housing trajectories of EU migrants in the Netherlands, upon arrival and in the years thereafter? This new working paper provides new insights into housing trajectories with explicit attention to the role of shared housing.

Many European countries have witnessed new immigration patterns in the past two decades through the gradual enlargement of the European Union. While migration motives and labour market positions of EU migrants are well-understood, relatively little is known about their housing positions in the hosting countries.

Using sequence analyses and logistic regression on longitudinal register data from Statistics Netherlands, this paper examines the housing trajectories of EU migrants from seven countries in the Netherlands for an eight year period (2011-2019). Our results show that while housing trajectories vary substantially in terms of length of stay in the Netherlands and access to social housing, private renting and homeownership, sharing is at the center for all migrant groups, both as a temporary and permanent solution.

Moreover, we show that varying housing trajectories can partially be explained through contrasting demographic and socio-economic profiles, yet even after controlling for such factors as income, age, and household composition some differences across country groupings persist.