Poverty and ethnicity: A review of evidence

Helen Barnard and Claire Turner

A review of evidence on the links between poverty and ethnicity.

This Round-up summarises the results of scoping work on how poverty and ethnicity interact, prior to the launch of a major new programme of work on the subject.

The research focused on:

  • the three main areas affecting experiences of poverty – education, work and unpaid caring;
  • how social networks and place shape experiences and opportunities;
  • inequality within ethnic minority groups

It identifies key gaps where greater understanding could support more effective action on poverty across different ethnicities. The research also included qualitative research with a number of communities to understand their day-to-day experiences.



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