By contrast 85 per cent of people from mixed-race families have themselves set up home with someone from another group.People from an African background are five and a half times as likely to be in a mixed relationship as white people, while those of Indian ancestry are three times as likely.
Just as negative racial portrayals to negative stereotypes, more positive visibility for cross-race couples in media makes a difference.
Age is the crucial factor with those in their 20s and 30s more than twice as likely to be living with someone from another background as those over 65, reflecting a less rigid approach to identity over time.
But the figures also shows marked differences in attitudes to outsiders within different communities – often reflected in the whether people are married or cohabiting.
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.
I'm curious what kind of problems have arisen from interracial relationship outside of normal relationship conflicts.