Poverty and ethnicity in the UK

Lucinda Platt
30th Apr 2007

A summary of the findings of poverty and ethnicity research since 1991, describing differences in poverty rates and experiences by ethnic group.

Poverty rates vary dramatically across the UK's ethnic groups – an issue of concern both for poverty reduction policies and for social justice. This book provides a comprehensive account of these variations and explores the reasons why they occur.

Drawing on a wealth of research conducted since 1991, and with a particular focus on the most recent evidence, the report:

  • reviews what we know about poverty and ethnicity;
  • provides a detailed and considered insight into the factors contributing to the differing rates of poverty;
  • outlines the policy implications of existing research; and 
  • reflects on the limitations to our knowledge and understanding of the issues.


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