Parallel lives and ghettos in Britain: Facts or myths?

Ludi Simpson*, Nissa Finney

*Corresponding author for this work

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A claim commonly made today is that Britain's minorities live isolated 'parallel lives' in inner cities which have become ethnic ghettos. Does the evidence confirm such dangerous lack of integration? This article argues that a basic misunderstanding about population change underlies these claims. Changing ethnic composition in Britain is more about different rates of natural change than different directions of migration. This misunderstanding makes changing the ethnic mix of neighbourhoods an unrealistic policy goal.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)124-131
Number of pages8
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2010


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