Poverty and prosperity among Britain’s ethnic minorities

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Richard Berthoud Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester CO4 3SQ, UK

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Recent research provides evidence of continuing economic disadvantage among minority groups. But the wide variation between specific groups contradicts the notion that being a member of a minority group is, in itself, associated with financial hardship. This article summarises some of the quantitative evidence about ethnic minority incomes. Chinese and Indian households are characterised by a wide range of inequality within each group, with many prosperous families as well as some poor ones. Caribbean and African households are often poorer than white households, but Pakistanis and Bangladeshis are easily the poorest groups in Britain, and depend very heavily on means-tested benefits.

Richard Berthoud Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester CO4 3SQ, UK

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