Ethnicity and migration

MiSoC’s ethnicity and migration research examines the short and long term consequences of movement across international borders: on the lives of immigrants and their descendants, as well as on both sending and receiving societies.

Research area leader: Renee Luthra
Renee Luthra

This area of research provides new evidence on the integration of ethnic minorities and the intergenerational transmission of demographic, socioeconomic and social outcomes amongst migrants and their descendants. Using online genealogy data, we examine the transmission of longevity and family size among migrants and their family members who stayed at home. Examining new diversity in Europe and North America, we ask how characteristics and behaviours are passed between generations in migrant families, and how these differ by ethnic origin and type of migration. We explore the persistent ethnic inequalities in educational attainment and labour market outcomes. We also investigate how immigrants to the UK differ at the point of migration, and over time, from those who choose to stay in the home country, in their educational attainment, health, socio-cultural and economic outcomes.

Research team


ESRC Research Centre on Micro-Social Change (MiSoC)
Institute for Social and Economic Research
University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park

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