Timeline 1900 – 2022

First estimates of intermarriage in the UK

One of the first estimates came in DJ Smith’s The Facts of Racial Disadvantage: A National Survey (the second of four pioneering studies of Britain’s ethnic minorities undertaken by the Policy Studies Institute), showing that among married Asians, 5% of men and 2% of women were married to a white person in 1974. Amongst West Indians these figures were 8% of men and 1% of women. A decade later David Coleman’s estimates of intermarriage gave much higher figures. He showed that West Indians were the most likely to intermarry, with 24% of men and 13% of women in mixed marriages (mostly with White partners). 12% of Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi men were in mixed marriages compared to 7% of Indian women and 9% of women from Pakistan and Bangladesh (though White partners were much less frequent amongst Asian women).