We have just published this paper with Antonio López-Gay and Paolo Russo in Population, Space and Place. We use demographic data to show how in the most touristic neighbourhoods of Barcelona the resident population is especially young, transnational and increasingly transient. We use the concept of tourism mobilities to show that the relationship between tourism and gentrification goes beyond the impacts of Airbnb and an alleged antagonism between tourists and residents. We see how tourist neighbourhoods are attractive for different population profiles that are increasingly mobile and that consume urban experiences that collide with the daily needs of a more permanent and local population, which ends up being displaced.

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