An Examination of the Evidence on Sectarianism in Scotland

This is a review of existing research and survey data on sectarianism in Scotland.


Although the final draft of this paper was prepared by Dr Liz Levy of Justice Analytical Services, we are grateful to Dr Susan Wiltshire for identifying and summarising the vast majority of the evidence that is presented here. We are also grateful for comments on the drafting of the paper from the Advisory Group on Tackling Sectarianism.

Analytical colleagues in Labour Market Statistics provided us with analysis of Annual Population Survey data on employment by religion and colleagues from the Scottish Household Survey provided us with data on a range of outcomes by religion. Wojciech Hupert from Justice Analytical Services provide the relevant analysis of the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey. We are grateful for all of these contributions.


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