Where ‘Black Africans’ Live

Part of the Migration, Diasporas and Citizenship book series (MDC)


This chapter focuses on where the Black African population lives in Britain. It looks at the spreading out of the Black African population and its reduced concentration in London between the 2001 and 2011 censuses. Variations in patterns of residence are examined for communities of descent, as measured by first language and country of birth. The segregation and mixing of the Black African population are explored using the concepts of evenness (Index of Dissimilarity [ID]), exposure, concentration, and clustering, as operationalised through the use of census data and Onomap Subgroups. The extent to which Black Africans live in deprived neighbourhood, a dimension frequently neglected in studies of place, draws on a recent analysis that utilises the Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD). Finally, ‘ethnic density’ (or ‘group density’) effects, which may offset some of the drawbacks of living in deprived neighbourhoods, are examined and examples presented for the Black African group.


Residential Segregation Migrant Community Ethnic Density Tower Hamlet Black African Population 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Health Services StudiesUniversity of KentCanterburyUK
  2. 2.Department of Public HealthUniversity of Liverpool in LondonLondonUK

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