Early on in my graduate career, I was intrigued by White and/or Native “flight” from increasingly diverse counties, metropolitan areas, and states. The topic is a controversial one. Though it’s generally accepted that this sort of racially- or ethnically-motivated flight occurs at the neighborhood level, and that it has all sorts of negative consequences for individuals and communities, the notion that more costly, long-distance migration choices are rooted to any extent in ethnoracial tension is less popular.
Recently scholars have started to consider “macrosegregation” – the separation and isolation of racial and ethnic groups across large geographic units – and its attendant problems, including political polarization. Underlying macrosegregation, of course, are (1) racially- and ethnically-distinct patterns of migration and (2) declines in migration for Americans, in general, and for some subsets of the population, in particular.
Though I’ve thought little about the relationships between increasing diversity, immigration, and native migration lately, it’s a topic I may revisit in the near future. For now, however, I’ll just use this space as a repository for my first attempt at independent research, “The Link between Immigration and Native Out-Migration in the U.S., 1995-2000.”