Abstract

Valeny R. Staying put, yet moving up? Longitudinal analysis of the social and spatial mobility of Ugandan Asian refugees in Britain. In: Creeser R, Gleave S, editors. Migration Within England and Wales Using the Longitudinal Study, ONS Series LS, No. 9. London: The Stationery Office; 2000. p. 74-84.

This chapter summarises analyses based on linked LS census data for the period 1981-91 to present the first detailed examination of intra-generational social and spatial mobility of Ugandan Asian refugees. The chapter poses the following two questions. To what extent has the community experienced upward social mobility? Has it undertaken significant spatial mobility to fulfill their objectives or have these been pursued in the location of resettlement? Because the LS only accounts for a 1 per cent sample of the population, the number of Ugandan Asians identified by the study is relatively small (approximately 450). Despite the small sample size, the LS was chosen as it detects changes that could not be identified using alternative data sources, and which could be confirmed by qualitative fieldwork.
Valeny shows that between 1981 and 1991 the Ugandan Asian community experienced significant upward social mobility, with a move from blue to white collar occupations and a substantial increase in the numbers who are self-employed. Upward social mobility has mainly been achieved in situ most members of the community remained resident in the original areas of resettlement in Outer London and Leicester.