Ethnic diversity in the UK – new opportunities and changing constraints

Research on ethnicity and immigration using Understanding Society data is the focus of a special issue of the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (JEMS).

Published online today, the special issue covers a wide range of research focussing on different elements of ethnic diversity in the UK.

Ethnicity and employment is discussed in two of the papers. Yaojun Lia (University of Manchester) and Anthony Heath (University of Oxford) consider the labour market dynamics of ethnic unemployment and earnings, whilst Simonetta Longhi (University of Reading) presents a longitudinal analysis of unemployment differentials. Family relationships and work are discussed by Albert Arcarons (European University Institute) through his paper on the effect working mother-in-laws have on labour force participation of first- and second-generation immigrant women.

Political engagement is considered by Alita Nandi (University of Essex) and Lucinda Platt (LSE) in an article looking at the relationship between political and ethnic identity. Whilst Nicole Martin and Jonathan Mellon (both University of Manchester) present research on why ethnic minority young people have a high attachment to political parties.

The ‘immigrant health paradox’ is explored by Renee Luthra, Alita Nandi and Michaela Benzeval (all University of Essex) in research that looks at ethnic maintenance, discrimination and health behaviours. Changing family behaviour is investigated by Ann Berrington (University of Southampton) through her research on the expectations for family transitions in young adulthood among the UK second generation.

Understanding Society is the only household panel survey in which a substantial number of ethnic minority group members are routinely followed. As well as the individuals in the main sample, Understanding Society also has an immigrant and ethnic minority boost sample of over 6,000 adults.  The wealth of data from these households makes Understanding Society a unique resource for studying issues of continuity and change in the UK’s ethnic and immigrant groups. It enables analysis of inequalities and of transitions over time and generations.

Read the JEMS Special Issue

Read about Understanding Society’s ethnicity and immigration data