What are the links between poverty and ethnicity?
Understanding how ethnicity affects levels and experiences of poverty.
This programme aims to understand the underlying reasons for variations in low income and deprivation among different ethnic groups in the UK and the problems caused. It also aims to contribute towards solutions to these problems.
Existing research shows that ethnicity clearly has a relationship with poverty. However, how the two are linked is complex, and the relationship between them is not yet well understood. There are much higher levels of poverty among all ethnic minority groups than exists among the majority white population. However, great variations exist between ethnic minority groups and within them (as well as within the majority white population).
Explanations for the high levels of poverty among ethnic minority groups currently fall into three main areas:
In 2011 we launched a major new programme of work focusing on the links between poverty and ethnicity in the UK. The goal of this programme is to improve our understanding of these links in order to tackle poverty across all ethnicities more effectively.
For more information about the programme, read our Investigations summary. We funded seven projects in the first phase of this programme. Four of these have now been published (see Key publications to the right):
Alongside these we have also published reviews of the existing data sources on poverty and ethnicity in Wales and Northern Ireland.
Forthcoming reports from this phase of the programme are:
The second phase of our Poverty and Ethnicity programme is now starting, with 5 projects, all quantitative, due to report between August and October this year. They focus on:
Following on from the findings of the first phase of the programme, we have also commissioned
Over the next few months we are also planning to work with partners to disseminate the programme’s findings so far in Scotland and Northern Ireland and to commission some work with Gypsy, Traveller and Roma communities in the UK.
You can sign up to the 'Poverty and Ethnicity' email alert for more information by contacting Helen Robinson. If you want to know more about specific projects or the programme of work more generally, please contact Helen Barnard.