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The social mobility challenges faced by young Muslims

Examines the social mobility issues faced by young Muslims in the UK and explores some of the causes of low social mobility. Draws on the perceptions of young Muslims (through focus groups and interviews) and of stakeholders (using a three-stage Delphi survey). Examines qualitative evidence regarding: the barriers to social mobility – in particular, why educational gains are not translating into employment gains for young Muslims; how these perceptions differ depending on gender, ethnicity, socio-economic background and education. Highlights perceived barriers to social mobility in schools, higher education/university settings, transition into the labour market and in career progression. Finds that: young Muslims encountered barriers in the education system and lacked support, guidance and encouragement in schools; young Muslims experienced inequitable access to high status universities as a result of geographical provision, discrimination at the point of entry, or self-limiting choices reflecting fears of being in a minority; young Muslims felt their transition into the labour market was hampered by insufficient careers advice, lack of access to informal networks and discrimination in the recruitment process, as a result they are more likely to be unemployed, underemployed, in insecure employment and/or in receipt of low pay; and racism, discrimination and lack of cultural awareness in the workplace impacted on career development and progression, particularly in the case of women. Recommends implementing an action plan to help young Muslims become more socially mobile.


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Stevenson, Jacqueline et al
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Social Mobility Commission

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