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Ethnic diversity in the UK: new opportunities and changing constraints

Platt, Lucinda ORCID: 0000-0002-8251-6400 and Nandi, Alita (2018) Ethnic diversity in the UK: new opportunities and changing constraints. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. ISSN 1369-183X

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Identification Number: 10.1080/1369183X.2018.1539229


The study of ethnicity and migration is a fast evolving field. Much remains to be understood about economic, social, demographic and health outcomes across ethnic groups and generations, and the extent of integration and exclusion of different immigrant origin groups in countries of destination. While cross-national studies are increasingly shedding light on issues of differential migrant selection and institutional influences, detailed single country studies, based on high quality nationally representative data have much to offer in enhancing our understanding of diversity within and between groups. The introduction to this special issue on ‘ethnic diversity in the UK: new opportunities and changing constraints’ provides a background to the contributions in the issue by outlining key research agendas relating to immigrant and ethnic minority groups in Western Europe. It then elaborates why the UK represents a good case for exploring ethnic diversity and change; and outlines the contributions made by the papers in the issue. We highlight the distinctive features of the data source used in the papers, Understanding Society, the UK Household Longitudinal Study. We also consider limitations in the data and in the applications in the issue. We conclude by briefly outlining the policy-relevant contributions of the papers in the issue.

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Additional Information: © 2018 The Authors
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2018 16:34
Last Modified: 17 May 2024 19:42
Projects: ES/K005146/1
Funders: Economic & Social Research Council, Understanding Society

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