white flight

[ hwahyt-flahyt, wahyt ]
/ ˈʰwaɪt ˈflaɪt, ˈwaɪt /

noun

the movement of white people, especially middle-class and affluent white people, from urban neighborhoods undergoing racial integration to the suburbs.

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Origin of white flight

First recorded in 1965–70

historical usage of white flight

See urban.
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British Dictionary definitions for white flight

white flight

noun

the departure of White residents from areas where non-White people are settling
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