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New Research Reveals Rise Of ‘Comfort-Zone Segregation’

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  • Demos/Birkbeck analysis shows ethnic minority Britons steer clear of white areas to avoid being ‘ethnic pioneers’
  • White British leaving diverse areas, but not due to racism or discomfort

New analysis of the ONS Longitudinal Study by Birkbeck College and the think-tank Demos reveals a growing trend of ‘comfort-zone segregation’.

The ESRC-sponsored research found 100,000 ethnic minority people left London for other parts of England and Wales between 2001 and 2011. However, they are mainly moving to diverse, mixed-minority wards rather than to the 80 per cent of England & Wales which averages 96 per cent white.

This has led to greater integration between minority groups, with Pakistanis, Indians, Afro-Caribbeans or Bangladeshis leaving their areas of concentration to mix with other minorities.

At the same time, 600,000 white British people left London for other parts of England and Wales – often opting for homogeneous wards which are over 90 per cent white.

The combination of these factors means that segregation between white British and minorities remains the same despite a decline in segregation between white British and individual minority groups like Bangladeshis.

‘Comfort-zone segregation’

In what Trevor Phillips has described as ‘comfort-zone segregation’, researchers found that white British people moving out of diverse areas don’t do so due to racism or discomfort with diversity – often being more tolerant than those staying.

Supplementary polling by YouGov showed that only 33% of more liberal white British – who said they were ‘fairly comfortable' with the idea of a spouse of another race – moved to a more diverse area, with 36% who said they were 'fairly uncomfortable' making the move during 2003-13.

The research also rules out ethnic differences in wealth or income as determining these migration patterns.

However, the research does identify a life-cycle effect. White British people are much more likely to move rapidly toward diversity in their twenties and strongly away when they have children – with an net influx of 24% into London of those in their twenties in the 2000s versus a net outflow of 20% of those with children.

Minorities have a less pronounced life cycle pattern, with only 0.5% more moving to London than away in their twenties, and only 7% more moving away among those with children.

Researchers attribute the pattern to white-minority differences in cultural tastes and neighbourhood ideals across the life cycle – and a reluctance to be ‘ethnic pioneers’.

Schooling may also play a role, and the researchers suggest that local authorities decide catchment areas carefully to avoid segregating groups.

Prof Eric Kaufmann of Birkbeck College said:

“The Census shows that since 2001, white British people have left London and other diverse areas for more homogeneous parts of the country. This is not exactly ‘white flight’ – it seems as though they’re influenced by friends and family as well as the neighbourhood ideals of their age group."

“But that doesn’t mean ethnicity isn’t important – Britain’s ethnic minorities haven’t caught the same fever for the countryside as white British over-30s, which seems to be linked to their reluctance to be ethnic pioneers.”

Trevor Philips, Chair of the Mapping Integration project at Demos said:

“We've been in denial on this issue for far too long. This research reveals that we have yet to face to up to the risk that we are drifting into a colour-coded society."

“There's no doubt that today's Britain is way more at ease with ethnic and cultural difference than the country in which I grew up – nobody moves out of the street because I've moved in. But ironically, the next generation's natural desire to do the right thing for their families is leading to a new kind of social division – what you might call comfort-zone segregation.

“The consequences are to set communities against each other and to build educational and economic division into our society. As we claw our way out of economic crisis, these are the last things we need. But if we're going to halt the trend we first have to acknowledge that it's taking place, and that's why what Professor Kaufman is telling us is so important.”

http://www.demos.co.uk/press_releases/riseofcomfortzonesegregation

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Even though I am a bleeding-heart, wet, liberal I am now slightly concerned with the fact that if we stay in our house in a "diverse" and relatively affordable area my children will be in a school populated by either the children of first generation immigrants or kids called Brandon/Bailey/Rylee.

Then again with the additional cost of moving to a posher area I could probably afford to send them private, or just hand them a cheque for £100k on their 21st birthday!

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Schooling may also play a role, and the researchers suggest that local authorities decide catchment areas carefully to avoid segregating groups.

Oh goody. Forced busing. Its made Detroit the multicultural paradise it is today/sarc.

Exactly what's wrong with segregation if its not enforced by an apartheid government anyway? It used to be called freedom of association. I know still having some control over your own lifestyle is so last century, government knows best and all that...

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Even though I am a bleeding-heart, wet, liberal I am now slightly concerned with the fact that if we stay in our house in a "diverse" and relatively affordable area my children will be in a school populated by either the children of first generation immigrants or kids called Brandon/Bailey/Rylee.

Then again with the additional cost of moving to a posher area I could probably afford to send them private, or just hand them a cheque for £100k on their 21st birthday!

Typical hypocrite. You should be forced to live with the consequences of your ideology.

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Just my own observations....there are good and bad in all walks of life, creeds, colour, rich or poor.....but people tend to congregate to live in places where they see people that are similar to themselves......that is why you get communities of similar people living in pockets all over the country, mainly in large towns and cities....healthy communities are mixed integrated communities, else some will want to move to a more evenly balanced mix. ;)

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Just my own observations....there are good and bad in all walks of life, creeds, colour, rich or poor.....but people tend to congregate to live in places where they see people that are similar to themselves......that is why you get communities of similar people living in pockets all over the country, mainly in large towns and cities....healthy communities are mixed integrated communities, else some will want to move to a more evenly balanced mix. ;)

Isnt today 'world diversity day' or something?

Government isnt happy unless its pushing some kind of agenda. 'World diversity day' is no better than having a 'world purity day' Both are just government control mechanisms. Why cant people just be left alone to live in whichever community they feel happy in, racially homogeneous or not, without Trevor Phillips demanding they are infiltrated and broken up.

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Typical hypocrite. You should be forced to live with the consequences of your ideology.

Where did I state a pro mass immigration ideology?

I'm in favour of a skills based immigration policy, not importing tens of thousands of people from around the world to undercut local wages.

Once people are here I support treating them well but I'd limit the numbers.

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I'm in favour of a skills based immigration policy, not importing tens of thousands of people from around the world to undercut local wages.

So it's okay to import foreigners to undercut the wages of skilled British workers, but not the unskilled ones?

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So it's okay to import foreigners to undercut the wages of skilled British workers, but not the unskilled ones?

+1

It is typical of many "liberals" and socialists. They like to impose their ideas on others, but are not quite so keen when they are at the receiving end of their ideology.

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In what Trevor Phillips has described as ‘comfort-zone segregation’, researchers found that white British people moving out of diverse areas don’t do so due to racism or discomfort with diversity – often being more tolerant than those staying.

Nothing new. Some of us have noticed that those most in favour of 'racial diversity' generally prefer to live in areas full of white people.

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Surprising that there appears to be no mention of any effect of (differing) house prices and available housing types in motivating movement patterns in the "research" - but there you are.

Edited by billybong

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"In what Trevor Phillips has described as ‘comfort-zone segregation’, researchers found that white British people moving out of diverse areas don’t do so due to racism or discomfort with diversity – often being more tolerant than those staying"

Maybe they just didn't tell the truth.

The ward I was born in in London had a 66% white British population in 2001 - by 2010 this had fallen to only 33%. Of course the rapid influx of Pakistani and Bangladeshi communties had no effect at all - nor did it influence the rapid decline of the Indian/Sikh/Jewish populations.

They may give one reason why they are moving out to Kent and Essex - but the reality is less palatable to the liberal elite. 600,000 people don't just uproot themselves from a place like London just for the hell of it!

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