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The rent gap: Impacts of cross-border mobility on housing in Enschede and Gronau

Bossink, M. (2024) The rent gap: Impacts of cross-border mobility on housing in Enschede and Gronau.

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Abstract:This thesis shows that although price differences characterise the housing markets of Enschede and Gronau, the same price increases can be seen on both sides of the border. The increasing integration explains this: two separate markets are becoming one connected market. This is particularly important as two different systems come together here. With the knowledge of this development, the current housing policy is questioned, which can hardly solve this problem by constructing new buildings and only producing limited affordable housing. For this reason, social measures primarily aimed at the inefficient utilisation of space are presented here. One person occupies one-third of all households in Gronau and more than half in Enschede. It also shows how the narratives of housing policy on both sides are short-sighted and fail to address the intersectionality of housing and construction. In addition, factors that encourage cross-border commuting are highlighted, and the direction is indicated: The trend is for people to live in Gronau and work in Enschede. However, there is also an opposite trend whose motives are less motivated by price. This thesis shows how the border between Gronau and Enschede is becoming increasingly invisible. This can be seen in the property markets, where Gronau plays a strategic role in mitigating the housing shortage. For vulnerable groups, this increases the risk of displacement from neighbourhoods strongly characterised by rising prices.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
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