MEGs are labelled as such, not only due to their relatively small numbers, but also due to their being assigned a subordinate position by the majority culture or dominant groups. This definition of minority ethnic groups may thus be conferred by others, or may be an identity adopted by the group itself as a consequence of shared culture, exclusion and powerlessness (Marks and Warboys, 1997; Castles and Miller, 2009).
Castles, S. and Miller, M. J. (2009) The age of migration. International population movements in the modern world. (Fourth Ed.). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
Marks, L. and Warboys, M. (1997) Introduction. In L. Marks and M. Warboys (Eds.) Migrants, minorities and health. Historical and contemporary studies. London: Routledge
Related terms: Ethnohistory Immigration Immigrant Migrant Minority ethnic groups (MEGs) Multiculturalism Pluralism Transcultural Health and Nursing