Race Equality in Scotland

Runnymede's report on race equality and racism in Scotland, released July 2020, finds that one third of black and minority ethnic (BME) people in Scotland have experienced racial discrimination. Meanwhile, racially motivated hate crimes are the most reported type of hate crime in Scotland

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Taking Stock: Race Equality in Scotland features contributions from academics, civil society organisations and Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs). The report details significant racial inequalities in Scotland’s labour market; for example the employment rate for BME groups in Scotland is 15% lower than that of the white population, and significantly worse for BME women, whose employment rate is 20% lower than for white women. 

Other report findings include:

  • One third of black and minority ethnic (BME) people in Scotland report experiencing racial discriminations
  • Racially motivated hate crimes are the most reported type of hate crime
  • The employment rate for BME Scots is 15% lower than the white population, and significantly worse for BME Scots women, whose employment rate is 20% lower than white Scots women
  • BME Scots are much more likely to live in poverty, with a poverty rate of 38% for the Mixed, Black or Black British; 34% for the Asian or Asian British, compared to 18% for White British
  • On average BME employees are paid 10% less than their white counterparts
  • The Scottish Government’s announcement of a public inquiry (2019) into the death of Sheku Bayoh while being detained by police in May 2015 highlights the urgency of recognising institutional racism in Police Scotland

 

This research is a follow up, and from the same authors, as this 2016 report on racism in Scotland.

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