Are Migrants City-Takers or Makers?

Are Migrants City-Takers or City-Makers?


Meet Suzi Hall, an architect-ethnographer and Director of the LSE Cities programme, who studies the inner workings of multi-ethnic streets in five British cities. Suzi took us to a super-diverse street in South London, Peckham’s Rye Lane, where proprietors from more than 20 countries run their businesses on the 10-min long stretch.

We asked Suzi what we can learn from Rye Lane, in terms of how migrants get on the job ladder, what streets like this mean for the economy, and what we can learn about the ways migration shapes modern cities.

What can an ordinary street tell us about modern diversity?

Why is Rye Lane important for the economy?

From Rye Lane to the big picture

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Check out Suzi’s ethnographic study on Rye Lane and the street’s economic and cultural life.

See exactly where Rye Lane’s shop proprietors come from, a map that reflects UK’s history and relationship with the world.

IOM has recently launched a report that shows how migration is shaping cities worldwide.

Suzi Hall

Suzi is Director of the Cities Programme in the Department of Sociology and Senior Research Associate at LSE Cities at LSE. For the past nine years her work has focused on high streets in marginalised parts of cities across the UK, spanning Birmingham, Bristol, Leicester, London, and Manchester. Suzi’s research encompasses the global processes of migration and urbanisation that continue to shape UK Cities, and explores how the structures of inequality and racism intersect with everyday practices of resistance and city-making. She is currently working on an ESRC research project on Super-diverse Streets: Economies and spaces of urban migration in UK Cities.

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