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Housing Segregation and Mobility of Ukrainians in Manchester

Description: CIUS Seminar Audio Part 1 and 2.

On November 14, Roman Petryshyn, research associate at the Institute, spoke on "Housing Segregation and Mobility of Ukrainians in Manchester." The study reported on survey research, consisting of a mail questionnaire and interview schedule, completed in 1975 with a selection of Ukrainian community members in Manchester, England.

Results revealed a general housing pattern which was classified as follows: 1947-49, European voluntary workers' hostels; 1948-52, residency with Ukrainian landlords and friends; 1950, first home ownership in row housing; 1962, second home ownership in semi-detached housing; 1970, third home ownership. The improved economic position of respondents was suggested as an explanation for the mobility of most Ukrainians out of the urban immigrant centre and into better quality housing located away from the inner-city. The housing experience of Ukrainians in Manchester was tested against a model of immigrant housing proposed by D. JV Smith (1978). It was found that the Ukrainian experience was adequately explained by Smith's model, which indicated why Ukrainians settled in decaying metropolitan centres, how a pattern of rental to fellow Ukrainians emerged and developed, and why initial settlement took place in a limited area and then dispersed.

The discussion which followed the presentation explored the question of whether class or cultural factors provided better explanations for housing behaviour among Ukrainians. The speaker, arguing the former, suggested that for second and subsequent generations of Ukrainians in Canada, the development of cooperative housing projects—Ukrainian-speaking urban villages—could be a useful method to enable small populations to pursue alternative cultural lifestyles. This would apply to groups who wished to practice bilingual living and the development of ethnic minority culture.

Found in CIUS Newsletter Vol 3 Issue 1 (Winter 1978)
Author: CIUS
Publisher: CIUS
Date: November 14, 1978
Contributor: Roman Petryshyn
Language: English, Ukrainian
Original Format: Magnetic tape, audio cassette

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CIUS, “Housing Segregation and Mobility of Ukrainians in Manchester,” CIUS-Archives, accessed July 13, 2020, https://cius-archives.ca/items/show/1977.
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