Derived variables: ethnicity

The 1991 Census was the first to ask how the respondents identified themselves in terms of ethnic grouping. In 1991 eight possible ethnic groups were offered on the form, plus space to write an 'Other' response. The 2001 Census also included an ethnicity question but the groups on the form included several types of 'Mixed' identity as well as, again, a space to write in a different response.

Derived variables offered here are an attempt to approximate ethnicity for those enumerated in the 1971 or 1981 Census, on the basis of Country of Birth. The aim is to make the derived variables compatible with a grouped form of the 1991 responses rather than of the 2001 responses.

Applied to cases from:
1971 Census Broad ethnic grouping based on country of birth (of self and parents)
1981 Census Broad ethnic grouping based on country of birth (of self)
1991 Census Broad ethnic grouping based on reported ethnic group, taking country of birth into account

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Last modified 3 October 2011