Chuka Umunna MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Social Integration, commenting on The Casey Review, said: “The fact people live parallel lives in modern Britain has been swept under the carpet for far too long and deemed too difficult to deal with, which has left a vacuum for extremists and peddlers of hate on all sides to exploit. So I welcome this very important report which highlights how a lack of integration adversely impacts on us all, whatever your background.
“A lack of integration deprives people of jobs and opportunities, increases isolation, ill health and anxiety. Above all, it is sapping our communities of trust at a time when, in an uncertain and changing world, it is all too easy to blame ‘the other’ for all our problems.
“Tackling segregation and increasing integration is not about attributing blame and attacking immigrants, be they recent arrivals or those who arrived decades ago. Too often efforts to achieve greater integration are immediately attacked, wrongly, as a rejection of multicultural Britain when breaking down the barriers between communities is the best defence of the diverse country we have become.”
Notes to editors:
- Mr Umunna has been the Labour Member of Parliament for Streatham since May 2010 and is the Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Social Integration. He served as Labour’s Shadow Business Secretary from 2011 to 2015.
- Mr Umunna wrote the forward to Professors Ted Cantle and Eric Kaufmann’s report on segregation which came out earlier this year: https://www.opendemocracy.net/chuka-umunna/foreword-to-is-segregation-increasing-in-uk-by-ted-cantle-and-eric-kauffman
Louise Casey, Professor Ted Cantle and others spoke at the first evidence session of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Social Integration. Their evidence can be found here: http://www.socialintegrationappg.org.uk/first-evidence-session-230516. Further details can be found here: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/may/23/britain-more-segregated-15-years-race-expert-riots-ted-cantl