Does ethnic diversity affect people's perceptions of their local area?
Article dated: 11 June 2012
Britain is becoming more diverse and communities have shifted to reflect this growing ethnic diversity in the British population. But does this demographic shift also come with a shift in people's perception of their local area?
Researchers using the British Crime Survey have found that while social cohesion and trust has declined, the ethnic mix of an area is not associated with this. They also found that while more diverse communities are less pessimistic about crime rates, there was no substantial link between ethnic diversity and perception of local area crime rates or anti-social behaviour.
Full details about this research are available in a case study on the ESDS website.