Inequalities in access to cross-border resources? An analysis based on spatio-temporal behaviours in the cross-border area of Greater Geneva

Alexis Gumy, Guillaume Drevon, Vincent Kaufmann

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With an activity-based approach, this article offers a new reading of cross-border integration by exploring the social and spatial conditions that predispose specific populations of Greater Geneva to cross its borders. Five different daily cross-border patterns were identified showing that travelling to the neighbouring country is still uncommon among the least qualified populations and women, and that this trend now extends beyond the mere cross-border labour market. Logistic regressions show that Greater Geneva is witnessing a functionalisation of its cross-border integration, revealing mechanisms where the increase of particular mobility may foster segregation and inequalities. This article argues for an approach where cross-border integration is not an objective but rather is a consequence of obligations and constraints that individuals face in their daily behaviours.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-106
Number of pages22
JournalEuropean Urban and Regional Studies
Issue number1
Early online date20 Jul 2021
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2022


  • Activity-based approach
  • cross-border integration
  • daily mobility
  • Greater Geneva

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