The Audit of Research on Minority Ethnic Issues in Scotland from a 'Race' Perspective (2001) identifies a lack of research and perspective on minority ethnic communities in rural areas in policy debates and strategies partly due to the dominance of research on minority ethnic people in urban areas. Most research has tended to concentrate on people from minority ethnic groups and communities in Glasgow and Edinburgh and, as such, our understanding of the experiences of minority ethnic people who live in rural areas of Scotland is limited. This is partly due to a perception that because the numbers of minority ethnic people living in rural Scotland are small, their needs and experiences are less pressing than those of minority ethnic people living in large urban centres.
People from minority ethnic groups need to be considered however, across a range of issues relating to rural development. People from minority ethnic groups living in rural areas may experience racism and discrimination and have particular needs with reference to support and information across a whole range of rural services such as transport, housing, healthcare and education.
- Defra Joint Equality Scheme (2006) The Scheme describes Defra's strategy for meeting the statutory general duty and the specific duties for race and disability equality over the period 2005-08.