There Can Be No 'Shared Society' Without Investment In Arts And Culture

Luqman Ali | Posted 21.03.2017 | UK Politics
Luqman Ali

There can be no "shared society" without investment in arts and culture. Theresa May's calls for a 'shared society' have been lauded as a step in the right direction in an increasingly fragmented Britain, especially after a Brexit vote that split the nation.

Minority Rights Must Not Be Sacrificed For Populism

Dr Omar Khan | Posted 15.02.2017 | UK Politics
Dr Omar Khan

Immigration policy isn't only about visas or who the UK allows in or to work or study here. It's also about integration, notably including reducing barriers and discrimination in the labour market and supporting equal participation in British society

I'm Tired Of The Double Standards In The Integration Debate

Basit Mahmood | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK Politics
Basit Mahmood

Integration is 'not a two way street' were the words of Dame Louise Casey earlier in the week as she provided follow up evidence to the House of Commons communities committee following the publication of her report on segregation and immigration into the UK.

The General Public Has Found Its Voice And It Likes The Sound Of It

Frances Dickens | Posted 10.01.2017 | UK Politics
Frances Dickens

The political whirlwind looks set to continue throughout this year with the upcoming French and German elections, the triggering of Article 50 and Trump's presidential inauguration. With the distinct possibility of more far-right politicians coming to power the need to promote diversity and inclusivity just intensified and it's up to businesses worldwide to lead the way.

Integration - A Language Problem?

Michael Abberton | Posted 09.01.2017 | UK Politics
Michael Abberton

Just like the Casey report, this report is flawed in that it completely fails to address its own cultural bias, and rather than looking at the whole picture which includes deprivation, education levels, historical ethnic divisions, collapse of industry, austerity and the populist exploitation and creation of mass immigration myths, it points the finger of blame squarely and solely, once again, to migrants - and not just new immigrants, but long established migrant and minority communities.

Britain Has Become Divided - Let's Build A Country All Citizens Can Call Their Own

Chuka Umunna | Posted 05.01.2017 | UK Politics
Chuka Umunna

We have a difficult time ahead. But our country has chosen its course. And so it is ours for the making, as we forge a common life and meet these shared challenges together, unfolding where we work, in our schools, streets, pubs and places of worship, in the places where people from different walks of life come together. Let's build a country which all citizens can call their own.

'Migrants Should Have Compulsory English Lessons To Stop Them Living Parallel Lives' Says Chuka Umunna

The Huffington Post | Owen Bennett | Posted 05.01.2017 | UK Politics

Migrants should be forced to take compulsory English classes to tackle a “lack of integration” which has “alarmed many”, according to a cross-...

Channel 4's Alternative Christmas Message: '2016 Could Be A Wake-Up Call That Brings Us Back Together'

Brendan Cox | Posted 25.12.2016 | UK Politics
Brendan Cox

This Christmas our family will be remembering Jo in every moment, her energy, her enthusiasm, her love and her example. After all that's happened this year, she would hope that all of us make a resolution to do something in 2017 to bring our communities back together. To reach out to somebody that might disagree with us. Now is not a moment to shout louder into our echo chambers. It's a moment to reach out.

While We Celebrate Diversity Our Country Is Becoming Ever More Segregated

Jon Yates | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK
Jon Yates

The researchers found that White Britons are least likely of all to socialise with other ethnic groups. Black Britons socialise with other Black Britons nearly eight times as much as the researchers would expect, while Asian Britons socialise with other Asian Britons more than five times as much as the researchers would expect. Worryingly, Britons of all ethnicities are socialising less with people from other ethnicities than in the past.

Why We Must Take The Building Of A 'Common Life' Seriously

Jon Yates | Posted 16.12.2016 | UK
Jon Yates

When designing and building activities that bring people together, it is cheaper to segregate than to integrate. Cheaper to build a youth programme that appeals to one group in society: the rich, the poor, one ethnic group or another, the high achievers, the left behind. It is time for the government to start to change this. To provide a similar set of subsidies, investments and incentives to entrepreneurs who connect and build a common life.

The Casey Review, Integration And The 'Us And Them' Mindset

Professor Binna Kandola | Posted 15.12.2016 | UK Politics
Professor Binna Kandola

Reading The Casey Review into opportunity and integration made me reflect on an experience that occurred to me recently. I was with an immigrant grou...

Muslims Like Us - Where Were The Religious Conservatives?

Mustafa Field MBE | Posted 14.12.2016 | UK
Mustafa Field MBE

Like most viewers, I was gripped by the BBC's Muslims Like Us. Ten British Muslims were put in one house Big Brother-style. Within the first few minutes, most of them had taken against the notorious Islamist Anthony Small, who now calls himself Abdul Haqq.

Thoughts On Social Cohesion Following The Recent Publication Of The Casey Report

Jonathan Freeman | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK
Jonathan Freeman

Following the publication of the long-awaited review of integration by Louise Casey, I want to spend a little time considering its findings and implications.

Louise Casey Raises Some Valid Concerns About Muslim Women

Shaista Gohir | Posted 08.12.2016 | UK Politics
Shaista Gohir

I don't want to just have difficult conversations; I also want to have positive conversations. Too often there is a tendency to only focus on the problems experienced by Muslim women and girls. Little or no attention is paid to their successes and achievements.

Casey, Cohesion And The Case For Community Business

Vidhya Alakeson | Posted 07.12.2016 | UK Politics
Vidhya Alakeson

Read the headlines that accompanied the publication of Louise Casey's integration review yesterday, and you might believe that we are a country coming...

Integration: We Think We Might Have Found The Answer!

Daniel Singleton | Posted 07.12.2016 | UK
Daniel Singleton

It would be easy enough to see faith and language as insurmountable barriers, but these two negatives can come together to provide a solution for integration if we access the assets or social capital present across faith communities.

Casey Report Slammed For Neglecting Role Played By White People In Segregation

The Huffington Post | Martha Gill | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK Politics

A review into the social integration of minorities in the UK has been criticised for failing to emphasise the role played by white people. Politics pr...

Integration Is Everyone's Responsibility

Qari Asim | Posted 07.12.2016 | UK
Qari Asim

The success of this Review will be judged by implementation of its proposals in an inclusive and compassionate way so as to avoid further suspicion, mistrust and segregation.

Louise Casey Is Right To Set The Cat Among The Pigeons On Integration - But We Are Still Waiting For Real Solutions

Chris Murray | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK
Chris Murray

Ploughing in and tackling this thorny issue is surely a good first step. Shaking the usual suspects out of their satisfied clichés will revivify the debate; these pigeons could do with a some cats being set among them. But this on its own will not be enough. It will take hard work, concrete granular action and a way to make the debate less hysterical before integration in Britain finally moves on.

Casey Review - More Expectations From The School

Husain Akhtar | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK
Husain Akhtar

Government-backed Casey review recommends that schools should teach integration as part of the curriculum to halt the spread of racism and extremism.

We Must Get Better At Talking About Integration

Jess Phillips | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK Politics
Jess Phillips

I will not allow this report to be used to vilify my community as if all Muslims are the same - they are not and it's not what it says. I will use its findings to make sure I am not turning a blind eye to attitudes and cultures in my community that mean that some who live on my street are held back, hidden or isolated. I'll do exactly the same for all no matter what community they are from.

The Three Tests Louise Casey Faces

Jon Yates | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK
Jon Yates

Louise Casey's review needs to make the case for an integrated society more powerfully than ever before. We have to listen and to act on what she recommends - because choirs like the Sacred Sounds can only do so much.

In Tech, The Answer To Life, The Universe And Everything Is Not 42 - It's Integration

Dmitry Bagrov | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK Tech
Dmitry Bagrov

The simple truth is that the days when someone could create a new piece of technology and set the world alight overnight are over. As technology worms its way ever deeper into the inner workings of devices and systems, any innovation has to be able to seamlessly become part of this. Failure to do so means failure as a useful tool for business.

Integration And Assimilation: Politicians Need to Know The Difference.

Abdulla Zaman | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Abdulla Zaman

Politicians have misused 'integration' to describe assimilation. In doing so, they have given false expectations of what it produces. Migrant groups are consequently misrepresented as isolated and disloyal.

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.