Caste in Great Britain

There are estimated to be nearly 4.5 million South Asians and other communities living in the UK that belong to or are attributed a caste. For some, caste is a form of association and group membership that affords social privileges, for example providing access to exclusive social networks and capital. For others, however, there are adverse consequences of being associated with particular castes, and they face discrimination and harassment because of it.

Caste discrimination takes many forms in Britain.

Research by academics and community organisations in support of those who suffer discrimination shows that services may be denied, rental accommodation withheld and complaints of harassment in the workplace remain unaddressed.

Reports commissioned by the UK government, confirm the existence of caste discrimination in Great Britain.

  1. We know that it is a problem because in 2010 the Government commissioned an independent research into Caste Discrimination in the Great Britain by the National Institute for Economic and Social Research (NIESR). They found substantial evidence of caste-based discrimination in the areas covered by the Equality Act 2010.
  2. On 28 February 2014, the Equality and Human Rights Commission published two independent research reports from the project Caste in Britain (report 1, report 2), confirming the undeniable existence of caste-based discrimination in Great Britain, in areas covered by the Equality Act 2010.

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