Segregation has reached very high levels, a review into opportunity and integration shows.
The Casey Review shows that women in some communities are denied “even their basic rights as British residents”.
This 18-month review was commissioned by former prime minister David Cameron as a way for government to tackle extremism.
The report further reveals that people from different backgrounds got on well with each other in general, but true community cohesion is generally missing.
Dame Louise Casey’s review also shows “high levels of social and economic isolation in some places, and cultural and religious practices in communities that are not only holding some of our citizens back but run contrary to British values and sometimes our laws.”
The official review warns that Muslims increasingly do not identify themselves as being British.
It warns that ethnic isolation is being experienced at a young age, and identifies 511 schools where more than half of students are from Pakistani and Bangladeshi backgrounds.
In order to improve the situation, the reports makes 12 recommendations.
- A programme of projects to boost cohesion, such as local IT courses and sport activities for children;
- Councils should regularly collect statistics on hate crime or deficiencies in English;
- Government and councils should share their approaches to tackling segregation;
- Schools should promote British values to help build integration, tolerance and citizenship;
- A review of the “rights and obligations” of immigrants likely to settle in the UK;
- New immigrants could have to swear “an oath of integration with British values and society”;
- Funding for school projects that encourage children of different backgrounds to mix;
- On top of English language classes for adults, special classes to tackle any “cultural barriers” to a person’s employment prospects;
- More funding for local English language classes and a review of whether courses are reaching people who need them;
- Councils should investigate whether their housing policies help or hinder integration;
- Better checks when children are removed from mainstream education;
- New oath for public office-holders pledging “tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs”…
Here you can listen to more points which the review highlights:
“We need to talk about the impacts of immigration in a level-headed way, as well as to provide more help for new migrants to integrate and more help for local people to adapt to changes and new pressures in their communities,” the report suggests. The review also shows that the Government should consider new standards to ensure there are no divisions.