Joseph Rowntree Foundation briefing: Ethnicity, poverty, and the data in Scotland

Poverty levels for people in minority ethnic communities in Scotland are double the national average, and rising. This is according to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s briefing on Ethnicity, poverty, and the data in Scotland.

Analysis in this briefing highlights several areas that are contributing to this worrying trend. Recommendations include:

  • Scottish Government must collect appropriate and robust ethnicity data to allow a full understanding of the structural inequalities faced by minority ethnic communities in Scotland.
  • The UK and Scottish Governments, along with employers and trade unions, must bring far greater urgency to creating a labour market that offers equal opportunities for minority ethnic workers, and offers a route out of poverty.
  • Scottish Government must work towards reversing the increasing levels of child poverty amongst people from minority ethnic backgrounds.

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