Dame Louise Casey has today published the findings of her review into integration and community cohesion.
Stephen Hale, chief executive of Refugee Action, says:
“We’re delighted that Dame Louise Casey’s review recognises that accessing English language classes is the most important aspect of effective integration.
“Refugees are determined to learn English to enable them to contribute to their new communities through work, volunteering and socialising with their neighbours.
“But they are deeply frustrated by the lack of English language classes available. Funding has been cut by more than half since 2009.
“Refugees, particularly women, face huge barriers to learning, from a lack of local provision to long waiting lists.
“The government must act quickly. An investment of just over £40 million per year would make it possible for every refugee to learn English and give them the opportunity to contribute and rebuild their lives successfully.”
Refugee Action’s Let Refugees Learn campaign is calling on the government to ensure refugees get timely access to English classes and the support they need to attend them. Click here to sign the Let Refugees Learn petition.