Ethnicity, poverty, and the data in Scotland

Think tank: Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Author(s): Carla Cebula; Jack Evans

October 14, 2021

This report from UK think tank the Joseph Rowntree Foundation looks at poverty levels for people in minority ethnic communities in Scotland.

Poverty levels for people in minority ethnic communities in Scotland are double the national average, and rising. Analysis in this briefing highlights several areas that are contributing to this worrying trend. Recommendations: 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.