Facilitating More Religious Segregation In Faith Schools Can Only Harm Social Cohesion

Stephen Evans | Posted 09.09.2016 | UK Politics
Stephen Evans

In a move devoid of any common sense, Theresa May's government looks set to capitulate to the demands of religious groups by relaxing admissions rules for faith-based academies, allowing them to select all pupils along religious lines. It's hard to think of a more retrograde policy than the facilitation of greater religious segregation of children and young people in our education system.

Treat All On The Basis Of 'Different But Equal'!

Husain Akhtar | Posted 31.08.2016 | UK Politics
Husain Akhtar

Any dynamic society must change, exchange and move. Our maturity as a nation depends on how we resolve the divisive situations based on ethnicity or multiculturalism. We need to observe and practise the principle that different groups of people are equally important.

Banning the Burqa: Why Germans Get Worked Up About Ladies in Veils

Dyfed Loesche | Posted 23.08.2016 | UK Politics
Dyfed Loesche

But spotting a fully veiled woman at the local IKEA store or the main train station elsewhere in Germany can really get people angry. There's more than one reason as to why burqas, niqabs, hijabs and chadors and the like enrage the regular Joe, or Fritz.

Muslim Woman Uses One Awkward Fact To Shatter Cameron's English Language Campaign

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 09.03.2016 | UK

A Muslim woman has issued a withering response to David Cameron's policy of integration, saying many “seemed to have forgotten” people from third ...

Why It's Time for an Office for Citizenship and Integration in London

Steve Ballinger | Posted 26.02.2016 | UK Politics
Steve Ballinger

London is already an integration success story. Look at other capitals and you'll see that we all rub along better than most. But we can't just assume it will work out by itself. With a dynamic individual driving forward a proactive plan, London could do so much more, becoming a beacon for more successful integration across the whole of Britain and helping to develop a stronger, shared sense of what integration means and how it can work in practice.

The Baffling World of Integration

Adrian Grist | Posted 24.02.2016 | UK Politics
Adrian Grist

I've heard a steady stream of 'it's the least they can do's' in relation to speaking English, fitting in with 'our ways' and all-round integration. Isn't it time we stopped telling people what the least they can do is and consider the least WE can do is have a little understanding?

You Can't Fit Hospitality in a Box - Refugees, Communities and Integration

Daniel Singleton | Posted 21.12.2015 | UK
Daniel Singleton

It is the very nature of our modern news cycle that while the crisis remains, our attention has been moved on. The Paris attacks, the parliamentary vote to bomb Syria, the ructions in the Labour Party and now Christmas and the EU renegotiations all serve to distract the media and therefore us.

Where Are Our Leaders Of Cohesion? Ten Points to Ponder and Act Upon

Stephen Shashoua | Posted 20.11.2015 | UK
Stephen Shashoua

Here we are again, another stream of tragedies with lives, families, and communities torn apart. The loss of life last week at the hands of Daesh numb...

The Shocking Plight of 330,000 Disabled Children in the UK

Fiona Smith | Posted 21.09.2016 | UK
Fiona Smith

We cannot rely on charities: this needs to be a top priority for our Government and we need to find ways of working together to address this issue. It's no good having policy in place if it is not put into practice. The system needs to be overhauled and fast, if we are to provide the care and support that all disabled children and their families deserve.

Tackling Radicalism Means Working Together to Build a Better Britain

Rabina Khan | Posted 19.07.2016 | UK Politics
Rabina Khan

David Cameron, when still the leader of the opposition, quoted Edmund Burke saying, "To make men love their country, their country ought to be lovable." He continued, "Integration has to be about more than immigrant communities, 'their' responsibilities and 'their' duties. It has to be about 'us' too - the quality of life that we offer, our society and our values."

7/7's Legacy on Multiculturalism and Muslims

Dr Chris Allen | Posted 06.07.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Chris Allen

The legacy left by these events has however been more far-reaching than might have been expected, having had something of a profound impact on how we live our everyday lives. From more security checks at airports and the increased monitoring of social media through to the new counter-terror measures requiring public sector workers to play a greater role in combating extremism, and schools being required to teach 'British values', 7/7's impact has been significant.

Better Integration Needs Bold Decisions - Banning Independent Faith Schools Is One of Them

David Churchill | Posted 01.04.2015 | UK
David Churchill

In the same way it is necessary to have limits on freedom of speech, we must too have limits on tolerance of intolerance. Too many independent faith schools break this threshold, perpetuate division and prevent meaningful cross-faith contact. In the interests of better long-term integration, we should gradually ban them.

Life as a Foreigner in Germany in Times of Pegida

Sandhya Matthes | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK Politics
Sandhya Matthes

Germany has a way to go before a 'multi-culti' side-by-side living is taken as a given, but I don't believe it to be impossible. Which is why I sometimes can't help thinking: pull yourself together! Show the world what a big nation you are!

A Muslim Student's Hopes for 2015

Haseeb Hamid | Posted 10.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Haseeb Hamid

Growing hostility towards Muslims from the general public is frankly worrying for British society-this must be changed. To create the unity we all so desperately need for Britain's future, teamwork is crucial: both Muslims and the rest of society must rally to resolve issues in the 21st Century.

Volunteering to Break Down Barriers

Sophie Livingstone | Posted 04.01.2015 | UK
Sophie Livingstone

On a day to day basis, how many people do you meet who are different to you - not just ethnically, but from a different age group or socio-economic background? If recent research is right, the likely answer is not many.

Is Economic Migration Still Sustainable?

John Mills | Posted 28.09.2014 | UK
John Mills

Migration has always been part of the human experience. As the world's population has grown, so too has the number of people migrating. But have we reached the point where the developed world is no longer seeing a benefit from the economic migration of people from the developing world?

London Less Integrated Than the Rest of the Country, Report Finds

Eric Kaufmann | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK
Eric Kaufmann

Exactly why the middle bands of the class structure, which contains around half the population, contain less ethnic interaction is unclear. One explanation mooted by social theorists is that this group has less of an achieved status than the professional class, and therefore invests more strongly in its ethnic identity...

Why Multiculturalism is Not Enough

Michael Bond | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Politics
Michael Bond

How well do you know your neighbours? By sight? By name? Well enough to know the names of their children? In multicultural Britain we should be asking this question more often, for the answer matters a great deal.

Fiat Grillo and Renault Le Pen to derail EU train?

Andy Langenkamp | Posted 28.06.2014 | UK Politics
Andy Langenkamp

If we are to believe the headlines, following the European elections any visions of a united Europe will have to be shelved when euro skeptics will overrun parliament and bring the EU to a standstill.

How Was School? - Oral History That Should Shape Policy

Mik Scarlet | Posted 30.08.2013 | UK Politics
Mik Scarlet

Come on folks, let's integrate all of our children into one school system. All our kids should go to the same school, grow up knowing that there are all types of people in this world and that they are just as worthy and worthwhile as everyone else in our society.

After Woolwich, Doing Nothing About Integration Is Not an Option

Jon Yates | Posted 23.07.2013 | UK
Jon Yates

As the founder of a charity that exists to bring communities together, I woke up this morning with feelings I had not experienced since the riots. I felt again that numbing sense of disbelief, that mourning and sadness at accepting the reality followed by that overwhelming desire to find a way to mend what feels broken.

Gaming Google Is No Longer an Option - Search, Social Media and PR Integration is the Key

Judith Lewis | Posted 01.06.2013 | UK Tech
Judith Lewis

For years, certain companies have made a living doing something akin to 'gaming' the Google search results. By focusing on a single distribution channel, they have built visibility in the search engine result pages in order to acquire new customers or new leads. Recent changes in the Google search algorithm have made this practice less useful

Public Relations Companies That Want to Survive Need Integration, and Measureable Results

Sara Benwell | Posted 25.05.2013 | UK
Sara Benwell

Businesses that once believed in segmenting the value chain, are beginning to understand that consistency is key to building momentum. As such, to continue being relevant in this world, PR needs to not only be clearly integrated with all marketing disciplines but also with historically business functions such as sales.

We Tolerate Each Other - But We Are Far From Integrated

Jon Yates | Posted 30.04.2013 | UK Politics
Jon Yates

The UK has a segregation problem. When we open our eyes we can see it. We see it when we visit our schools, we see it when we walk round our neighbourhoods, we see it when we look at our friends. By age, income and race - our country divides every morning and every evening.

Blending in Like a Local - Ten Tips for London's New Arrivals

Natalie de Winter | Posted 26.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Natalie de Winter

Being an Australian, when I first moved to London I thought fitting in would be a piece of bakewell tart. I mean, we sort of speak the same language and appear to have many cultural similarities, yes? How hard could it be?