Controlling Immigration is key to promoting integration

Published Dec 06, 2016

peterwhittle.jpgUKIP Deputy Leader Peter Whittle commenting on the Casey Report said, "What is surprising about the Casey Report into “Opportunity and Integration” published yesterday was that anybody was surprised at all.

"In highlighting the increasing segregation which exists between some communities the report confirms my huge concerns about the public policy of multiculturalism which over past decades has highlighted separateness and division.

"The report also highlights in disturbing detail how the impact of untrammelled mass immigration has reinforced this process. We have as she clearly points out become a society where immigration – something that has always happened, but at a manageable level – is something that hasn’t just happened, but has been done to us. Nobody was asked, nobody was consulted and nobody gave permission for the Government to sign up to a situation where, year on year over 300,000 people arrive, net.

"The impact of this huge population change is felt most keenly in those communities that are already struggling, the poor, the low waged. Schools and neighbourhoods altered beyond recognition. Communities and sections of communities so isolated that after 3 generations people still do not know how to speak English, still do not have the basic tools to allow them to become full members of our society.

"The fact is that with such high levels of immigration the incentive to integrate diminishes, there is simply no need for people can arrive in the UK with ready made communities.

"Casey echoes things that I have said so many times about the dire situation created by the failures of immigration.

'The unprecedented pace and scale of population change has been having an impact, particularly in deprived areas... and concerns about terrorism, immigration, the economy and the future of public services have been running high. Problems of social exclusion have persisted for some ethnic minority groups and poorer White British communities in some areas are falling further behind.'

"This reads like something from the UKIP manifesto, so we are glad that there is a call for British history and culture to be placed at the centre of education. This should not just be for recent immigrants but should be for all, as it is by sharing these things that we can go forward.

"And what is perhaps even more important is the emphasis the report places on the need to learn English,. A common language is after all the very glue that holds a society together, something which we in UKIP have always strongly maintained and called for.

"The growth of Liberty and the rule of Law, equality and respect isn’t just for the middle classes, isn't just a plaything of the elite but is our most precious inheritance and something that we must hand on to all future generations, no matter what creed, ethnicity or origin. The time has come for us to once and for all reject the culture of self denigration of Britain and its values and history which has been preached by the liberal elites for far too long."

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