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Anthony F. Heath, John Ermisch, and Duncan Gallie

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780197263143

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197263143.001.0001

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Explaining Ethnic Minority Disadvantage

Explaining Ethnic Minority Disadvantage

(p.186) (p.187) 8. Explaining Ethnic Minority Disadvantage
Understanding Social Change

Anthony F. Heath

Soojin Yu

British Academy

This chapter offers a variety of explanations as to why ethnic minorities in Britain suffered ‘ethnic penalties’ or serious disadvantages in the labour market. These explanations focused on the lack of human capital on the part of the migrant workers and the prejudice and discrimination they experienced at the hands of the British society.

Keywords:   ethnic minorities, ethnic penalties, labour market, human capital, migrant workers, prejudice, discrimination

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