Among the reasons for residents feeling insecure as their area diversifies, is that people tend to spend time with those they perceive as like them, and feel less secure when experiencing rapid change, the authors explained.
Already around a fifth (20%) of people in the UK (United Kingdom) are non–white, or non-British. This is expected to rise to a quarter (25%) by 2025, a third (33%) by 2040, and could reach up to 38percent by 2050.
The large-scale sociological study, undertaken by the Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research at the University of Manchester, drew on 18 years of data of more than 10,000 people.
“With immigration at historically high levels across many Europeancountries, research suggesting ethnic diversity negatively impacts social cohesion has engendered alarm”, begins the paper.
However, the report found little to dispel…
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