In Dutch integration policy, ethnic concentration is assumed to have negative effects on the integration of ethnic minorities, the most important cause being the lack of contact with native Dutch. Although research on concentration effects has increased, empirical evidence to support this isolation thesis is still insufficient. This paper contributes by testing the assumption that ethnic concentration hinders the existence of ethnic bridges—i.e. the informal ties between ethnic minorities and native Dutch. Moreover, it checks for different effects for deprived and non- deprived households. Findings indicate that one’s neighbourhood plays a significant role in social inclusion into Dutch society and that this effect is stronger for the non-deprived.
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