In 2001 the unemployment rate for BME groups in Birmingham was 17%, compared to 7% for White British groups. In 2011, the unemployment rate was 24% for Black and Asian groups, compared with 7% for White British groups.
We're all becoming used to hearing bad news like this. Before our optimism begins to fade even further, brap are holding a symposium to explore the fate of those whose lives will not be blighted by the recession because, unfortunately, they have had difficulty in benefiting from our society even at the best of times.
Aim of this event
The aim of the event is to explore some of the stubborn statistics we have become used to seeing over the last two decades (like the ones above). This symposium has brought together expert speakers to debate the opportunities that are created in our city for BME communities. It will focus primarily on theories of change – the things we are doing to deliver positive benefits, and what really works.
The event will also feature of panel of expert young people from a range of fields who will add their views and perspectives on how Birmingham can change for the better.