Dr Arkadiusz Wisniowski

New research led by Dr Arkadiusz Wisniowski and colleagues from Social Statistics at the University of Manchester has documented the economic impacts of the Covid-19 Pandemic on ethnic minorities in Manchester.

New research led by Arkadiusz Wisniowski, Ruth Allen, Andrea Aparicio-Castro, Wendy Olsen Wendy and Maydul Islam from the University of Manchester has documented the economic impacts of the Covi-19 Pandemic on ethnic minorities in Manchester.

The research utilised multiple reporting sources to explore various dimensions of the economic shock in the UK, linking this to studies of pre-Covid-19 economic and ethnic composition. Many neighbourhoods in the city were always going to be less resilient to the economic shock caused by the pandemic compared with other, less-deprived, areas.

Particular challenges for Manchester include the high rates of poor health, low-paid work, low qualifications, poor housing conditions and overcrowding. Ethnic minority groups faced disparities long before the onset of the pandemic. Within the UK, ethnic minorities were found to be most disadvantaged in terms of employment and housing - particularly in large urban areas containing traditional settlement areas for ethnic minorities.

Unprecedented cuts to public spending as a result of austerity have also disproportionately affected women of an ethnic minority background alongside disabled people, the young and those with no or low-level qualifications. This environment has created and sustained a multiplicative disadvantage for Manchester’s ethnic minority residents. The full article is available here: