Thursday, 27 June 2013

Big trends that will change the UK No.2: Much Greater Ethnic Diversity

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My eldest daughter is three years old. I like to think I know most of what is going on in her life. But whenever her grandmother comes to stay I notice things I hadn’t spotted; “she’s so much bigger”, “she can have a real conversation”, “her balance is better”.

While I notice the everyday changes, it is her grandmother – who sees her every couple of months – who sees the big trends. Big trends that I tend not to spot.

This week on the blog, we’re exploring three big trends in the UK. Three trends that will each make a significant difference to our society.

Three trends that make it even more important to invest in bringing people together.

Trend two: much greater ethnic diversity

Researchers predict that by 2050 the UK will be the most ethnically diverse country in the western world. This trend can be seen amongst our nurseries and pre-schools. Presently one in three under-fives are from an ethnic minority.

This will make it even more important that our country is good at mixing people together from different ethnic backgrounds. At present, we have the fourth most segregated schools system in the rich world. With a much more ethnically diverse population, the need to address this will become critical unless we want our country to feel increasingly divided.

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