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Title: From boom to crash: Spanish urban areas in a decade of changes (2001-2011)
Author: Gil Alonso, Fernando
Bayona, Jordi
Pujadas, Isabel, 1949-
Keywords: Crisi econòmica, 2008-2009
Àrees metropolitanes
Global Financial Crisis, 2008-2009
City planning
Metropolitan areas
Issue Date: 5-Apr-2016
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Abstract: This paper has two main aims: on the one hand, it provides an overview of recent metropolitan area population changes in Spain and assesses their spatial patterns through a typology, and on the other hand, it analyses the impact of the current economic crisis on the aforementioned trends. The main source used is the Padrón continuo, the local continuous registration system providing official data updated every year on 1 January. Regarding metropolitan area delimitation, we have decided to use that employed by the Atlas de las Áreas Urbanas de España and to situate the population threshold at 500,000 inhabitants. Fifteen urban areas satisfied the requirements. Therefore, this paper analyses, for the 2001-2011 decade, population growth and urban expansion in the 15 Spanish largest metropolitan areas. In the first phase, suburbanisation intensified while the areas simultaneously received significant international migration inflows. The latter compensated Spaniards' exit flows from core cities, which increased their population again. The economic crisis, which began in 2008, and its significant impact on the real estate sector, drew an end to this urban expansion and growth period, as it seems to have slowed Spanish metropolitan area growth and restrained suburbanisation dynamics. Consequently, in recent years, residential mobility has decreased and metropolitan areas have entered a new phase characterised by a reduction of both foreign immigration inflows and Spaniards' movements away from core cities. Therefore, with few exceptions, urban centres are currently once again gaining Spanish residents or at least have stopped losing them.
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It is part of: European Urban and Regional Studies, 2016, vol. 23, num. 2, p. 198-216
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ISSN: 0969-7764
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