Fifty years after the Race Relations Act 1965, people from ethnic minority backgrounds still face barriers in access to education, justice and the labour market, resulting in social/economic exclusion and tensions within and between communities. The Equality and Human Rights Commission (2016), for example, found significant ethnic inequalities in the UK across 10 different domains of economic, social and personal well-being. Much of the detailed research on ethnic inequalities, however, has focussed on England and Wales and so there are significant gaps in the literature with respect to this issue in Scotland.
Our aims in this research strand are to understand the implications of changing patterns of of poverty for ethnic minorities and to develop micro-level longitudinal evidence on the long-term relationship between changes in ethnic mix and the impacts on life outcomes. We are particularly interested in how “white” migrants from European accession countries affect, and are affected by, these issues, and whether ethnic minorities experience greater multi-dimensional inequality in Scotland compared with the rest of the UK. More specifically, we also seek to investigate whether changes in the ethnic/cultural mix of pupils in schools can affect education outcomes for pupils from different backgrounds, and whether there different employment trajectories and different neighbourhood effects for different ethnic groups.
Below are some of the papers related to this area of research.