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Reducing loneliness among migrant and ethnic minority people

There is little research on issues of loneliness within migrant and ethnic minority communities, but there is to suggest that they are at increased risk. This Sheffield University-led study is the first research to examine in detail what we know about tackling loneliness among migrant and ethnic minority people. The team worked with members of the public to assess existing evidence and research and also looked beyond older people to consider loneliness at all ages.

The project also looked at various ways to tackle loneliness, developed and tested among migrant and ethnic minority communities. Shared identity social support groups were found to be the most successful; these groups provide safe spaces for migrant and ethnic minority groups to be themselves and forge meaningful, reciprocal relationships.

Samir Jeraj, Policy and Practice Officer, said: “many of us with a migration story will recognise the findings here.  Perhaps we did not call it loneliness, but the need for steps to address it has been ever present.” 

Race Equality Foundation was involved in this research project on understanding loneliness among migrant and ethnic minority groups. 

The project was funded with over £200,000 from the National Institute for Health Research’s (NIHR) public health research programme and was conducted by a cross-faculty team at the University of Sheffield, collaborating with Brunel and De Montfort Universities.

The report can be found here: https://www.journalslibrary.nihr.ac.uk/phr/phr08100#/abstract

And the graphic booklet here: https://issuu.com/niftyfoxcreative/docs/social_solation___loneliness_amongst_migrant___eth?fr=sYjEzNTEyOTI2ODM