We Cannot Afford A Repeat Of The Great Religious Conflicts Of The Past

Eva Schloss | Posted 20.10.2017 | UK
Eva Schloss

diversify We prefer to give up rather than exercise patience. An important area where tolerance now needs to be greater is religion; we cannot afford a repeat of the great religious conflicts of the past. Where religion is still of great importance, such as in large parts of the Muslim world, religious tolerance is much more fragile.

The Journey Of Togetherness

Olivia Darby | Posted 13.10.2017 | UK
Olivia Darby

One of my fiercest critics is a Pakistani woman. Zainab has the most extraordinary mind, a wicked sense of humour and takes no prisoners. She inspires me and makes me feel that together we can change the world. And she asks the most difficult questions.

When Minorities Criticize Britain It's A Sign Of Integration, Not Disloyalty

Basit Mahmood | Posted 13.09.2017 | UK
Basit Mahmood

Yes, we should celebrate our country's exceptional strengths, whilst being able to accept our country's weaknesses, especially from those whom so many consider the 'other', if we are to ensure Britain reaches it's full potential.

'Toxic' Immigration Debate Is Hindering Integration, Says Labour MP

The Huffington Post | Kate Forrester | Posted 24.08.2017 | UK Politics

“Toxic” debate around immigration in the UK is preventing newcomers from properly fitting in, according to a Labour MP. Chuka Umunna, who chairs t...

A European Version Of Islam?

Syed Kamall | Posted 12.07.2017 | UK Politics
Syed Kamall

Some argue this indicates that Muslims cannot live alongside Western values and culture, that the two are fundamentally irreconcilable. But there is nothing in Islam to support such a view, indeed the Quran states that people are free to believe whatever they wish and makes clear that Muslims can fully observe Islam without living in a theocracy.

Tory Care Pledge Needs To Be Replaced With Tax Funded Reform

Stephen Burke | Posted 13.06.2017 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

Of all the Tory manifesto pledges that are likely to be junked by the new government, the 'dementia tax' pledge on funding care will get some of the biggest cheers.

Five Ways The New Government Can Heal Divisions Between The Generations

Stephen Burke | Posted 11.06.2017 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

Tackling intergenerational inequity is the challenge of our times. Economic measures are required urgently to address the housing crisis and develop fairer taxation. But we also need to bring older and younger people together to discuss mutual concerns and provide shared spaces which can promote stronger understanding and trust between people of all ages.

Why Integration Is For All Of Us

Olivia Darby | Posted 05.06.2017 | UK
Olivia Darby

Unity is a constant, worthwhile struggle. Let's try every day to create connections as Raheal did, break through barriers, and have the strength to question, reflect and demand more of ourselves.

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...