Wednesday, 13 April 2011

The Prime Minister says that immigrants should learn English

Prime Minister David Cameron says that whilst the previous Labour government were in charge, immigration was the highest it has ever been in British history. He claims that 2.2 million more people settled in Britain between 1997 and 2009 than left Britain to go and live abroad. Cameron says that this has placed serious pressure on schools, housing and the NHS, and has also created social pressures.

"Real communities are bound by common experiences forged by friendship and conversation, knitted together by all the rituals of the neighbourhood, from the school run to the chat down the pub. And these bonds can take time," he says.

"So real integration takes time. That's why, when there have been significant numbers of new people arriving in neighbourhoods, perhaps not able to speak the same language as those living there, on occasions not really wanting or even willing to integrate, that has created a kind of discomfort and disjointedness in some neighbourhoods. This has been the experience for many people in our country – and I believe it is untruthful and unfair not to speak about it and address it."

read more on The Guardian website 

Mr Cameron has not yet announced any plans to halt the serious cuts to the ESOL which will prevent people from learning English and enrolling on college courses in September. We can expect to hear more comments on his speech soon.....

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