Post-migration social mobility of minority ethnic groups

A graduate listens during the commencement at Yale Law School on May 23, 2011.

New destinations? Assessing the post-migration social mobility of minority ethnic groups in England and Wales considers the roles of migration and group-specific ethnic penalties in minority groups’ life chances.

The article first explores the relationship of class origins to parental educational and economic assets for three groups of migrant parentage and a comparison white non-migrant group. It goes on to investigate for the different ethnic groups how the probability of having a professional or managerial class outcome is influenced by class origins and by the educational achievements of the “second generation”.

Analysis is based on the ONS Longitudinal Study, which enables the study members to be tracked from 1971, when they were children living with their parents, to their own social class outcomes in 1991 and 2001.

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