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Facts and figures about ethnic difference & inequality in the UK

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Ethnicity is a complex concept that cannot be adequately captured by a simple classification. However, ethnic classifications provide a way of highlighting very important differences and inequalities between groups that need to be made explicit if they are to be recognised and addressed by policy-makers. The figures presented on these web-pages should be taken as a starting point for asking much deeper questions about the processes that underlie the observed differences, rather than an end in themselves.

This web site is designed to help you to locate data and information about ethnic difference and inequality in the UK. It is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) via the National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) and is managed by the Population, Ethnicity, Religion and Migration (PERM) research group based at the University of Manchester.

Latest news

The Economic and Social Research Council’s new Centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity (CoDE) is preparing briefings and other resources using the 2011 census data on:

  • Diversity
  • More segregation or more mixing?
  • How has ethnic diversity grown 1991-2001-2011?
  • Does Britain have plural cities?
  • Counting the immigrant population

The briefings will be published at regular intervals in December 2012 and January 2013.

The briefings are funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and CoDE.

A new picture of ethnic Britain

The availability of full Wave 1 data from Understanding Society opens up a host of exciting opportunities for researchers interested in ethnicity-related topics.

The ESRC's Britain in 2012 magazine spoke to Lucinda Platt, who leads a team of researchers working on the ethnicity strand of the survey about how the survey will provide us with an up to date and accurate picture of ethnicity in the UK, the like of which has never been possible before.

Read the full article here.

Understanding Society: Findings 2012 now available

Understanding Society:Findings 2012 is the second volume of findings from the survey and includes research that makes use of the full Wave 1 and, in some cases, of data from Wave 2.

Including some of the first longitudinal research to make use of the very latest data, and with a number of articles analysing the unique ethnic minority boost sample, Findings 2012 goes even further in showcasing the scope and value of this world-class study. Of particular interest, on page 13, is the article 'How diverse is the UK' by Alita Nandi and Lucinda Platt.

This website is work in progress. We welcome your comments and suggestions and offers of additional materials and links. Email with details of any relevant news items or links to add or submit new material.