A recent study has declared Pakistanis as the loneliest people in the UK. Due to different factors like racism, lower income, the Pakistanis, Gypsy Roma, and Irish residents are more lonely in comparison to other ethnicities in the United Kingdom.
The survey investigated loneliness predominant in the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) background. The survey revealed that loneliness was common amongst all groups, ages, and ethnicities but in some ethnic groups it was higher. It was found out that Gypsy Roma and Irish Traveller had a greater risk of loneliness in the UK.
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As a sample, over 1000 people were used. Dr. Zubaida Haque said, “It is often assumed that work is a protective factor against loneliness, you meet people, you keep yourself busy. However, we found that people are more likely to feel lonely if at work they experience bullying and racism. Loneliness is a spectrum, everybody experiences it, but it’s about looking at the end of that spectrum, at those who are often left out of discussions.”
1 out of 5 people faced racial discrimination at work and at local neighborhoods. Only 16% of respondents said that they felt belonged. 67% said that they did not feel belonged and were ‘often’ lonely.
Dr. Haque, said, “People from BME communities are especially impacted by poverty especially child poverty. Pakistani households have around 55% which experience child poverty. They’re not going to be able to afford to go out as much or know how to access services.”
She pled the government to counter the factors that led to loneliness in ethnic minorities in the UK.