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OUR VALUES. Welcome to the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Group for those who are currently residing in the United Kingdom. We are here to support you as a UK-BAME member and to make sure your voice is heard.



There is growing evidence that ethnicity groups and cultural differences can influence patterns of change in the United Kingdom, and the family values within each ethnic group; Black Africans and Caribbean’s, Asians, and other ethnic minority groups.

Therefore, the UK-BAME organisation will ask the following questions:

  • What are your values?
  • How can we best explain your values, if you are grouped?
  • Does UK-BAME values matters?
  • What are your family values?

If you have answered the above questions already, it’s now important to think of your answers as if you are amongst the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups.  It is critical to understand the influence of ethnicity, culture and families or individual values in the context of your answers.

What are BAME families or individual values in the UK today?

The family structures of ethnic minority groups in Britain, the UK, today can be compared with those of the white population. Africans and or Caribbeans’ “Afro-Caribbean” are at the low rates of marriage and high rates of single parenthood, which is now being characterised as adopting ‘modern individualism’.


Are the UK–BAME families becoming modern individualism? If so, why do you think this is the case?

South Asians’ has a high rate of marriage, which is being characterised as adhering to ‘old-fashioned values’. Even among Asians, Pakistanis and Bangladeshi, this stand out in terms of low rates of economic activity among women, and large family sizes.


Are the UK–BAME families moving away from old-fashioned values? If so, why do you think this is the case?

All UK-BAME groups; Black Asians and other ethnic minority groups, are moving in the same direction: Caribbean’s ahead of the white trend, South Asians behind it. Some of the patterns observed are associated with child poverty.


Are you familiar with the white European family values? If so, what do you think that is?

So, in summary…

The patterns of the UK-BAME family life have become increasingly diverse over the past thirty years among white people in Britain and other North European countries. Family relationships are said to be moving away from “old fashioned values” towards “modern individualism”.

The different minorities are strongly represented at both ends of the spectrum. With the key feature of family life in the Caribbean community is the low rate of marriage.

Caribbean’s are less likely to live with a partner than white people; those who have a partner are less likely to have married them; those who have married are more likely to separate or divorce.

Among British-born Caribbean’s, half of men with a partner live with a white woman; a third of women with a partner live with a white man. The rate of mixed partnership is increasing rapidly for men (though not for women).


What are UK-BAME families values in the UK today? If your answer does not match the above explanation, what are your views?

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Are the numbers of people from BAME groups expected to increase over time? Will people from BAME groups grow older?

Population projections suggest that both the numbers and proportions of people from BAME groups will increase in the UK, and they will represent a larger proportion of older people. In England and Wales it is estimated that by 2026 there will be over 1.3 million people from BAME groups aged 65+ (compared to over half a million in 2001); in 2026 almost half a million people from BAME groups will be aged 70+. Amongst BAME groups, the White Irish are expected to have the highest proportion of people aged 65+ (35.9% of its population is expected to be in this age group), followed by the Black Caribbean (13.4%), White Other (10.7%), Indian (10.6%) and Other Asian (9.6%).