Immigrant minorities suffer low rates of social mobility

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Improving education does not lead to more job opportunities in the British labour market for ethnic minorities.

The University of Manchester has used data from Understanding Society to address the ethnic inequalities in social mobility and found the key findings below.

Ethnic minorities in Britain are experiencing growth in clerical, professional and managerial employment (absolute mobility), however they still face significant barriers to enjoying the levels of social mobility of their white British peers (relative mobility).

Immigrant minorities have lower rates of social mobility than does the rest of British society. Their children experience rates of upwards mobility that is similar to their white British peers. Despite this mobility, the second generation still faces significant ethnic penalties in the labour market.

Levels of educational attainment have improved significantly for ethnic minorities, but these have not translated into improved outcomes in the labour market.

The success of policy interventions and third sector projects targeted at ethnic inequalities in early childhood and education, contrasts to the continuing employment barriers faced by young black men and Muslim women.

Longitudinal studies show ethnic minorities are making a greater investment in education than their white British peers.

In secondary education, Chinese, Indian, Irish, Bangladeshi and Black African students are now outperforming their White British peers in obtaining 5 or more GSCEs at grade A* to C.

All BME groups have significantly improved their access to universities, with the most disadvantaged groups (Pakistani and Bangladeshi) quadrupling their rates of degree level qualifications over the past twenty years to draw closer to that of the White population.

To read more key findings, please see this report

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