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The Sri Lankan community of descent in the UK: a neglected population in demographic and health research

Aspinall, Peter J. (2019) The Sri Lankan community of descent in the UK: a neglected population in demographic and health research. South Asian Diaspora, 11 (1). pp. 51-65. ISSN 1943-8192. (doi:10.1080/19438192.2018.1505065) (KAR id:73018)


The Sri Lankan diaspora population is substantially neglected in UK demographic and health research and not captured in census and survey ethnic group questions, though 127,242 Sri Lankan-born migrants were enumerated in England and Wales in 2011. Important intersections are reported between the period of arrival of these migrants, the purpose behind their movement, and related population characteristics, with 47% having arrived during 2001–2011. Between 1984 and 2004 around 50,000 asylum applications were made by Sri Lankan Tamils. Sri Lankan migrants generally display more favourable circumstances on key socio- economic variables than do other diaspora populations from South Asia. These include generic health status and mortality. This may be attributable to the‘healthy migrant’effect, given the community’s recent migration, though the application of its effect to this population requires caution as a significant proportion came to Britain as asylum-seekers (forced migration) rather than as self-selecting migrants. A more advantageous socio-economic profile may also have contributed.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/19438192.2018.1505065
Uncontrolled keywords: Sri Lankan, Tamil, migrants, ‘healthy migrant’ effect, health status, socio-economic position
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Depositing User: Peter Aspinall
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2019 10:51 UTC
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2024 18:10 UTC
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