Social inequalities in later life: the socio-economic position of older people from ethnic minority groups in Britain

Popul Trends. 2000 Fall;(101):11-8.


There are now nearly a quarter of a million individuals aged 60 years or over belonging to ethnic minority groups living in Britain. As the ethnic minority groups in Britain continue to age, information regarding their circumstances in later life will be of increasing importance for the development of appropriate services and policy. This article uses data from the General Household Survey (1991-96) to investigate the household living arrangements, lifestyle, socio-economic status, economic resources and experience of multiple deprivation in later life amongst older people from ethnic minority groups in Britain. The findings indicate that there are significant differences both between and within ethnic minority groups in access to material and social resources, which need to be taken into account by policy makers and planners.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Emigration and Immigration / statistics & numerical data
  • Emigration and Immigration / trends
  • Ethnicity / education
  • Ethnicity / statistics & numerical data*
  • Family Characteristics / ethnology
  • Female
  • Health Planning
  • Health Services Accessibility
  • Humans
  • Life Style
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Minority Groups / education
  • Minority Groups / statistics & numerical data*
  • Population Growth
  • Poverty / ethnology*
  • Poverty / statistics & numerical data*
  • Residence Characteristics / statistics & numerical data
  • Social Class*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • United Kingdom