Since the early 1990s segregation levels have increased in many Swedish regions. Low-income earners and people born outside Europe are increasingly overrepresented in urban distressed neighbourhoods. Although extensive research is available, many questions remain.

More knowledge is needed about the mechanisms through which segregation arises, the potential (causal) effects that derive from its different forms and which experiences that can impede the development of segregation.

The term segregation often occurs in media and in political rhetoric, but the concept is more complex than what often appears. In this Research Brief, we aim to discuss different ways to approach the concept of segregation, mechanisms for and consequences of segregation, and methods that can be used to measure and analyse different forms of segregation.

This publication is also available in a Swedish version. Read or download the Swedish Research brief here.