Ethnic minorities and the rental market
Equal opportunites? NIBR report 2009:2
In this study the conditions for different ethnic minority groups in the rental housing market are explored. Two groups who claim they often meet discriminatory conditions are compared to two groups who are less inclined to such practises. The study is based on survey on living conditions among ethnic minorities, focus group interviews among the four groups in question, a survey among private letters, interviews with five commercial rental agencies and a questionnaire to a limited numer of municipalities and housing associations. The study conclude that there are sorting mechanisms in the housing market following ethnic lines. These mechanisms are explored as is self-experienced discrimination. A proposal for measuring discrimination through indicators is didcussed, as is how to reduce this practise in the housing market.