Ethnic minorities more likely to go to university than their white British peers.

Expert reaction to the latest IFS Observation report into why ethnic minorities are substantially more likely to go to university than their white British peers. The report findings can be seen here.

Dr Claire Crawford, Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Warwick, and one of the authors of the report, said:

“The differences in higher education participation between pupils from different ethnic groups are staggering. We were particularly surprised to find that ethnic minority groups which have relatively low school attainment – such as those of Black Caribbean, Pakistani or Bangladeshi ethnic origin – are, on average, more likely to continue into higher education than White British pupils.

This highlights that prior attainment is not one of the key drivers of the differences in university participation between these groups. Further research is needed to understand why pupils from ethnic minority backgrounds are so much more likely to go to university than their White British peers.”

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