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October 28, 2016
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Margaret Walton-Roberts

The housing preferences and location choices of second-generation South Asians living in ethnic enclaves

Virpal Kataure & Margaret Walton-Roberts

published: 2012 | Research publication | Peer reviewed publication

Canada has experienced the development of suburban ethnic enclaves by

established immigrant diaspora groups surrounding major metropolitan centres.

However, less is known regarding the housing and location preferences of their

maturing offspring population, known as the second-generation. This paper seeks

to explain the housing preferences and location choices of second-generation

South Asians residing in Bramptonís ethnic enclaves, a suburban city on the

periphery of Toronto. This research draws on the home leaving process and

integrates the theoretical perspectives of ethnic enclaves and the life cycle. A

telephone survey conducted in Bramptonís ethnic enclaves suggests a dominant

preference of low-density, detached-style dwellings in suburban areas. The

life cycle perspective has proven to be a powerful explanatory tool during the

household-formation phase, but does not appear to be valuable during

the independent-living stage, since ethnic enclave residency seems to persist. The

importance of familial ties in the South-Asian culture, the growth of ethnic

enclaves, traditional ideas of socioeconomic success and life cycle values during

family-formation shape preferences for second-generation South-Asian-Canadians.

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