Residential segregation and school segregation of foreign students in Barcelona

Bonal, X., Zancajo, A. and Scandurra, R. (2019) Residential segregation and school segregation of foreign students in Barcelona. Urban Studies, 56(15), pp. 3251-3273. (doi: 10.1177/0042098019863662)

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This article examines the dynamics of the relationship between residential and school segregation in Barcelona. The analysis explores which educational and non-educational drivers foster the school segregation of foreign students between the city’s neighbourhoods. The article also analyses to what extent the particularities of Barcelona’s admissions policy, which combines catchment areas with high levels of school choice, generate specific mechanisms of contextually bound school segregation within the local education market. The results confirm that residential segregation and educational segregation are two interrelated phenomena in Barcelona. In addition, the supply of publicly subsidised private schooling in the neighbourhoods is a main factor driving both educational segregation and isolation, especially in those neighbourhoods with a high concentration of foreign pupils. Based on the results, the article elaborates on the challenges for local education policymaking to address the dynamics of school segregation in urban spaces.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:The research for this article was funded by Consorci d’Educacio´ de Barcelona and the Juan de la Cierva Grants Programme (Ref. FJCI-2016-28588).
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Zancajo, Dr Adrian
Authors: Bonal, X., Zancajo, A., and Scandurra, R.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Robert Owen Centre
Journal Name:Urban Studies
Publisher:SAGE Publications
ISSN (Online):1360-063X
Published Online:16 September 2019
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 Urban Studies Journal Limited
First Published:First published in Urban Studies 56(15):3251-3273
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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