Minorities include groups who (Capotorti, 1977; Deschênes, 1985):
Generally minority groups are recognized to include national, ethnic, cultural, linguistic, and religious minorities, as well as some migrants, refugees, and indigenous and tribal peoples. It is also important to consider that minorities are likely to be discriminated against or marginalized, and they may develop increased group loyalty as a result of discriminatory and marginalized relations with the state.
See the United Nations Forum on Minority Issues.
See additional information on minority issues from the United Nations.