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#Qualified: Ethnic Minorities "BETTER QUALIFIED" than White British counterparts - Study

Adults from ethnic minority backgrounds are more likely to be educated to university level than white British adults, according to a study by researchers at Manchester University.

The research - conducted by the University of Manchester's Centre on Dynamics and Ethnicity (CoDE) - revealed that 43% of all Chinese and 42% of Indians held degree level qualifications as compared to 24% of white British people.

The study also says that ethnic minorities had seen bigger overall improvements in educational standards in the last two decades.

According to researcher Kitty Lymperopoulou, the improvement is down to easier access to higher education – particularly among women.

She said: “Over the last twenty years, educational attainment has been increasing among ethnic groups as a result of an improvement in access to education overseas and the increasing proportion of ethnic minority people educated in Britain.

“Though this is good news for ethnic minorities, we need to remember that despite achievement gaps between some ethnic groups and White British people narrowing or even disappearing, ethnic minority groups continue to experience inequalities in education and the labour market.”

However, the research reveals that despite their higher qualification levels, ethnic minorities are still struggling to get jobs on par with those qualifications and are likely to be stuck in low-paid jobs because of "inequalities" in the labour market.

The study also revealed that the Bangladeshis and Pakistanis saw a decline in the number of people obtaining university level qualifications - 19% and 16% respectively. 

Ms Lymperopoulou said: “Whilst younger members of the Bangladeshi and Pakistani groups are achieving higher levels of attainment, members of these groups were also more likely to have no qualifications than White British people.

“This partly reflects the lower rates of participation in education among Pakistani and Bangladeshi women, but also other factors including poverty and discrimination."

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