Integration Not Demonisation

A new report from The All Parliamentary Group on Social Integration chaired by Chuka Umunna MP argues that the toxic immigration debate is hindering integration and calls for urgent action to build a more cohesive society.

The report concludes the cross party group’s inquiry into the integration of immigrants, and follows the interim report in January which called for a regionally-led immigration system and compulsory English classes for immigrants who can’t speak the language. The report features extensive analysis from integration experts and evidence from visits to communities in Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Dagenham in London which show that immigrants are increasingly leading parallel lives to other communities. It reveals that anti-immigrant rhetoric and xenophobia are making it harder for immigrants to become full members of British society. The report cites that 62% of second generation migrants feel that Britain has become less tolerant since the Brexit vote.


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Research interviews

The Challenge, who provides the Secretariat to the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Social Integration, has finished conducting research interviews for the APPG’s inquiry into integration and immigration.

Over the past two months The Challenge has been talking to relevant experts to gain a better understanding of the existing English provision landscape in the UK and explore opportunities for reforming the immigration system.


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Submissions to the Call for Evidence

The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Social Integration has received an excellent range of submissions from a wide range of stakeholders to its Call for Evidence which closed on 13 March 2017.

Commenting on the submissions, the APPG Chair, Chuka Umunna MP, said: “We are very pleased to see so many organisations and individuals taking an interest in integration and in our ongoing inquiry. I hope that our final report in July will be able to draw together all the valuable evidence we have received to make some strong recommendations.”


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Evidence Session - 27 February 2017

The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Social Integration launched Stage Two of its inquiry into immigration and integration with a public evidence session on Monday 27 February.


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Community visit - 10 February 2017

The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Social Integration visited a sheltered housing unit in Dagenham to explore how local residents of this highly diverse borough felt about immigration and integration.


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