On 15 February 2010, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) published a paper which draws on a range of information sources to estimate the size and diversity of York’s minority ethnic population and the implications for key policy and service agencies.
The paper suggests that York’s population is much more ethnically diverse than often supposed, identifying 78 different first languages within the city. It also concludes that the proportion of the population from minority ethnic groups has grown substantially since the 2001 census.
The authors acknowledge that their analysis is not statistically robust due to the lack of up-to-date data. They conclude that combining analysis of official data with a range of less formal sources can provide a fuller picture of local populations, informing policy development and service delivery.