Minorities and diversity in Scotland: Evidence from the 2011 census

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Abstract / Description of output

The relatively low proportion of people in ethnic and national minority groups in Scotland has been an obstacle for social research concerning these minorities, especially in characterising and comparing these populations using large scale data. The 2011 census offers an invaluable resource in this regard, especially at a time when minorities are growing to represent a more prominent and significant element in Scotland’s population. This paper uses standard aggregate census data and data derived from a 5% sample of census returns to provide an overview and comparison of the six largest minority groups in Scotland, focusing on the origins, identities and socio-economic status of people within these groups. It not only highlights how different minorities contrast with each other and the majority population, but also illuminates the diversity that exists within these groups.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-47
Number of pages24
JournalScottish Affairs
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jan 2017

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Scotland
  • minorities
  • ethnicity
  • religion
  • identities
  • census


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