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How can we reduce loneliness among migrant & ethnic minority people?

Feeling lonely and lacking social ties are bad for our health. Loneliness is complicated to define, but can involve a lack of a sense of belonging, social support, intimacy and closeness.


People with migrant and ethnic minority backgrounds may be at a higher risk of loneliness. Programmes and services may not meet their needs. Research so far has often not considered these populations.


Research from the University of Sheffield aimed to increase understanding of the causes of loneliness amongst migrant and ethnic minority people. Researchers examined evidence in over 200 published research papers and project reports; and held 11 workshops with 70 participants with members of the public and people working to tackle loneliness.

Research Overview

Toolkit for practitioners

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This resource is aimed at those designing, commissioning, delivering, and evaluating initiatives that aim to address loneliness among migrant and ethnic minority people.

Interactive case studies

Here are 4 case studies of migrant and ethnic minority people facing loneliness. 

Have a go at creating an initiative to help them overcome social isolation and loneliness. This will help you think through how our findings can be applied to your own practice! 

Interactive Version

Research Findings

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