Employment opportunities for Muslims in the UK. Second report of session 2016–17. Report, together with formal minutes relating to the report. Ordered by the House of Commons to be printed 12 July 2016

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August 15, 2016


The report highlights the economic disadvantages faced by Muslims, who experience the highest levels of unemployment out of all religious and ethnic groups, at 12.8% compared to 5.4% for the general population.

The report concludes that the Government's commitment to tackling disadvantage for Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) people must be coupled with a coherent cross-Government strategy focused on specific groups, including Muslims, and recommends that a plan should be developed by the end of this year.





ISER written evidence based on UKHLS data and references: Brynin, M. and Longhi, S. (2015) ‘The effect of occupation on poverty among ethnic minority groups’. York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation ; Fisher, P. and Nandi, A. (2015) ‘Poverty across ethnic groups through recession and austerity’. York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation ; Longhi S. and Brynin M. (2016) ‘Ethnic Pay Gaps and their Causes’, Equality and Human Rights Commission Report, forthcoming ; Zwysen W. and Longhi S. (2016) ‘Labour Market Disadvantage of Ethnic Minority British Graduates: University Choice, Parental Background or Neighbourhood?’, ISER Working Paper Series, No. 2016-02. Colchester: University of Essex. Institute for Social and Economic Research.

DEMOS written evidence based on UKHLS data from Reynolds, L. and Birdwell, J. (2015) ‘Rising to the top’. London: DEMOS., and Wood, C., Salter, J., Morrell, G., Barnes, M., Paget, A., and O’Leary, D. (2012) ‘Poverty in perspective’. London: DEMOS.



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