World Bulletin / News Desk
Britain should consider requiring newcomers to take an oath of integration on arrival, according to proposals in a government-commissioned report released on Monday.
The report follows a year-long study which found some communities in Britain were becoming more segregated, despite progress in recent years which has led to greater integration overall.
It proposed immigrants being required to take an oath of integration with British values and society on arrival in the country, rather than awaiting their final citizenship test.
The review highlighted the "huge national, cultural and symbolic value" of citizenship and urged the promotion of British laws, history and values within the core school curriculum to build "integration, tolerance, citizenship and resilience".
The report was commissioned in 2015 by the then Prime Minister, David Cameron, and carried out by Louise Casey, a former interior ministry official.
Casey additionally recommended greater mixing among young people through activities such as sport, in addition to providing more English lessons for isolated groups.
In the review she said women were particularly vulnerable to being marginalised, in part due to their poor language skills, and be subjected to "coercive control, violence and criminal acts of abuse, often enacted in the name of cultural or religious values".
"Too often leaders and institutions have ducked these difficult issues... for fear of being labelled racist or insensitive," Casey wrote in the Guardian newspaper on Sunday.
"A failure to talk about this only leaves the ground open for the far right on one side and Islamist extremists on the other."
The report additionally called on the government to raise employment levels among marginalised groups and require local authorities to record indicators such as language skills and hate crime in their local area.
"We need more effort to be put into integration policies to help communities cope with the pace and scale of immigration and population change in recent years.
"But we also need more of a spirit of unity, compassion and kindness that brings people together under our common British values of tolerance, democracy, equality and respect," the report said.
Communities minister Sajid Javid welcomed the report as a "valuable contribution" to be studied.
"So while it’s right that we celebrate the positive contribution that diverse groups make to British life, we also need to continue making sure that nobody is excluded from it or left behind.
"To do that, we need to take a serious look at the facts and must not shy away from the challenges we face," he said in a statement.
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