For example, in the British Bangladeshi community, those who are cohabiting are seven times more likely to be with someone from another background as those who are married.It suggests that cultural barriers still make it more difficult for those in inter-ethnic relationships to formalise their status by marriage.“Younger people are more likely to have grown up in the UK and exposed to other ethnic groups and to respond to observed changes in society, in terms of increasing diversity.” The contrast between white people and other communities echoes the findings of the Social Integration Commission, a study published earlier this week, which showed that white people are the least integrated with other groups in their social lives.
Dating can be awkward enough already when dating people from your culture so you can definitely expect awkward moments when bridging ethnicities.
Take it all in stride and focus on seeing whether your values align, and you feel compatible and positive when you’re together.
But the fact that those in mixed relationships are overall 50 per cent more likely to be cohabiting than married also reflects the shift away from marriage among younger people.
An ONS commentary explained: “Age is likely to play a factor in inter-ethnic relationships in a number of ways.
"Older and younger people from different ethnic groups may have different attitudes across the generations.
“For example, some older people may have more traditional views on inter-ethnic relationships and they were also more likely to have entered into a relationship at a time when England and Wales was less ethnically diverse.Be aware and check yourself of what prejudices against another ethnicity you may be bringing to the table.If you would not want it said to you, do not say it to someone else.Just because you’ve dated one person of a specific race doesn’t mean everyone from their background is the same. Remember that there’s a lot of diversity in any culture. Race is not a part of you getting to know each other.There’s no need to dwell on it as a topic before you even get to know each other. We are all much more than the colour of skin we were born with.Nonetheless, your family and friends’ issues are not yours. If you know that your family is racist or has issues with you dating out of your culture, be honest with your love about this.