The ethnic dimensions of suburbanisation in Estonia

T. Tammaru, M. van Ham, K. Leetmaa, A. Kährik, K. Kamenik

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Large-scale suburbanisation is a relatively recent phenomenon in East Central Europe and is responsible for major socio-spatial changes in metropolitan areas. Little is known about the ethnic dimensions of suburbanisation, despite the existence of often sizeable Russian minority populations in some member-states of the former Soviet Union. We use individual-level Estonian census data from the year 2000 in order to investigate the ethnic dimensions of suburbanisation. The results show that ethnic minorities have a considerably lower probability of suburbanising compared to the majority population, and minorities are less likely to move to rural municipalities-the main sites of suburban change-in the suburban ring of cities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)845-862
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
Issue number5
Early online date17 Jan 2013
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2013


  • Suburbanisation
  • Ethnicity
  • Census data
  • East Central Europe
  • Estonia


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