The Migration Observatory report: Migrants and discrimination in the UK

‘In 2018, non-EU-born migrants were over twice as likely to describe themselves as members of a group that faces discrimination because of nationality, religion, language, race or ethnicity, compared to EU-born migrants (19% vs. 8%).’

This is according to a January 2020 report from the Migration Observatory on migrants’ experiences of discrimination due to ethnicity, nationality, religion, language or accent.

The report also finds that:

  • Migrants can experience discrimination for different reasons, some of which also affect UK-born ethnic minorities. This can be due to characteristics such as ethnicity and race, but also factors that particularly affect the foreign born, such as having a foreign accent or foreign qualifications.
  • There was a sharp, temporary increase in EU migrants’ perceptions of discrimination around the time of the EU referendum, in 2014-16.
  • Adult children of migrants who were born in the UK are much more likely to perceive discrimination against their group than migrants themselves (32% vs. 16% in 2016-18).
  • About 13% of the foreign-born population said that they had been insulted because of their ethnicity, nationality, religion, language or accent. On average 18% of foreign-born respondents said that they had felt unsafe, and 11% said they had avoided certain places, because of their ethnicity, nationality, religion, language or accent.

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