People from minority ethnic groups need to be considered across a range of issues relating to housing and regeneration as they may be disproportionately affected by any policy initiatives in this area due to the social, economic and cultural conditions that impact upon their housing choices (or possible lack of them). People from minority ethnic groups may also experience racism and discrimination and have particular needs with reference to support and information across a whole range of housing and related services, which will need to be taken into consideration. Although the majority of people from minority ethnic groups live in large urban centres, the experiences and housing needs of those who live in rural areas should not be discounted here.
A number of issues reveal significant differences in housing circumstances and type for minority ethnic and white households in Scotland (though this does vary from city to city). These differences in circumstance, as well as difference in need, experiences, access, etc, may have an impact on how we understand a particular housing area and should be taken into consideration. For example, some minority ethnic groups tend to be disproportionately represented in the private rented sector and under-represented in local authority housing. Minority ethnic households are more likely than white households to own their own homes, though there are differences between different minority ethnic groups.
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