One in six households in Scotland are of mixed ethnicity

May 27th, 2014 in Other Sciences / Social Sciences

New research on the Scottish census data shows that 1 in 6 of Scotland's households of two or more people are multi-ethnic. Ethnic diversity is increasing throughout Scottish society, as immigrants have settled in new areas, and the mix of ethnic groups has grown.

A comparison of recent censuses in Scotland by the Centre on the Dynamics of Ethnicity, co-hosted by the Universities of Manchester and Glasgow, reveals the growing of the country, but also the extent to which that diversity has spread.

The research finds:

Dr. Andrew Smith, Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Glasgow said: "What our research in the Centre on the Dynamics of Ethnicity reveals is a picture of growing diversity within Scotland, and of diversity spread across different areas of the country. The presence of the large 'Other British' minority reminds us that is not a matter of colour, but might be used to describe different aspects of our background and sense of who we are. What the analysis also reveals is that Scotland's growing diversity is not producing 'polarised islands of different groups' but a 'mosaic of differently mixed areas."

More information: The briefing is available online: www.ethnicity.ac.uk/

Provided by University of Manchester

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