Source: Scottish Survey Core Questions, 2015.
The analysis of ethnicity within the homelessness data is slightly complicated by the fact that it also contains a number of cases where the applicant has been given leave to remain or refugee status. These applicants originally came from abroad but are now lawfully present in the UK. We therefore analyse the data in two parts – UK and EU nationals (which we compare with the Scottish population) and those granted leave to remain/refugee status.
There were around 27,000 cases assessed as homeless during 2016/17, who were entitled to apply for assistance as a result of their UK or EU nationality. The ethnic composition of this group is broadly in line with that for the Scottish population as a whole. The proportion of white homeless is around 91% in the homelessness data compared with 96% for Scotland (taken from the Scottish Household Survey (SHS) 2017). However, there are some differences within the white population. The proportion of cases from a white: Scottish background is higher than in the population as a whole (82% compared to 79% for Scotland). At the same time the proportion of white: other British - is also less than in the wider population (6% compared to 12% for Scotland). The proportion of Asian homeless is slightly less than in the wider population (0.8% compared with 2.3% for Scotland).
There were around 1,400 cases assessed as homeless during 2016/17, who were entitled to apply after being granted leave to remain or refugee status. Of these, 3% described themselves as white: other (and outside of the EU), 9% as Asian, 17% as Black and 54% as ‘other’
Source: HL1 Dataset as at 23 May 2017 and Scottish Household Survey 2017
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