Unity out of diversity

The long-term integration of immigrant and ethnic minority communities into British society has become an increasingly important topic of discussion.

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Unity out of diversity (UniDiv) is a three-year research project funded by the Future Research Leaders scheme of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

It is run by Dr Laurence Lessard-Phillips and Dr Silvia Galandini, CoDE affiliate members at The University of Manchester.

UniDiv explores the meanings and understandings of immigrant adaptation and its dimensions in the academic and public policy circles, and among the general public.

The policy briefing When education isn't enough: Labour market outcomes of ethnic minority graduates at elite universities (Lessard-Phillips, Swain, Pampaka and Nwabuzo, 2014) - which was produced in collaboration with the Runnymede Trust from CoDE's IAA grant - explores whether established ethnic inequalities in the labour market also apply to those graduating from ‘good’ universities. 

families at a community event in Whalley Range

Of great concern is that ethnic minority graduates from Russell Group Universities are more likely than their white peers to be in postgraduate education or experience unemployment early on in their labour market career, rather than be found in employment, even when taking their degree performance into account.

A recent NIDI working paper Damned if you do, damned if you don’t: The challenges of including and comparing the children of immigrants in European survey data (Lessard-Phillips, Galandini, de Valk and Fibbi, 2015) argues that meaningful research on children of immigrants needs to understand the complexity of comparing data and include deeper understanding of the processes at play for various groups.

Project outputs

View the policy briefing and working paper which support this project:

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