Minorities are not given the same opportunities for equal or desirable housing in England and Wales, shows an new study that recently came out of the University of Manchester. Sociologists at the University of Manchester recently revealed results from a study showing the minorities are often not treated as fairly as other individuals when it comes to affordable housing. |
The study was conducted using data from housing applications from 1991 to 2011, and the sociologists in charge of the study were able to prove that the housing crisis and the inability to find secure housing is having the most significant impact on those individuals with a minority background. According to the trend found by the researchers and the University of Manchester’s Centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity, also called CoDE, individuals with a minority background have a much greater likelihood of ending up in housing that is not secure, and that is substandard, often privately rented housing accommodations that are still unaffordable for the quality they provide.
The study was conducted as a rebuttal to previous arguments from some groups and politicians that minorities have greater access than the general public to stable accommodations and more desirable living arrangements.
More disturbing as the results surrounding the young people in ethnic minority groups, who seem to be hit even harder. They have been dubbed by the researchers as “generation rent” because they are unable to find affordable housing and have an even more difficult time than young White British individuals in obtaining a loan for a home purchase. Although private rentals are sometimes the right fit for people who have a need for that type of housing, it can create serious problems for families, especially those with children, since rents are frequently based on the personal situation of the landlord, and may rise with the failing economy. The cost and condition of privately available rental accommodations is always questionable, especially in areas when the housing options are limited and there is a great demand for housing. This is because in these types of areas, landlords are less likely to take as great of care with their properties since they know that some individual will be forced to choose their property.
The study revealed that the location of the individual paired with the ethnic background can have a tremendous impact on whether or not they are available to own their own home or find decent living accommodations. Private rentals went up most dramatically between 1991 and 2011 for people of Indian, Pakistani, and Black Caribbean descent. In these ethnic minorities, the number of private rentals throughout England and Wales more than doubled, where this was nowhere near the case for those of White British descent. Private home ownership dropped most significantly in the period for those of Pakistani descent, which fell more than 18 per cent. Individuals of Arab descent saw a 49 per cent increase in private rental accommodations during the same time period.
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