Refugee Action welcomes social integration report’s focus on English

By August 25, 2017Press release
Three men attend an English language class. Two are facing the camera, looking at open books, and smiling. One is facing away from the camera and appears to be the class teacher.

The Social Integration All Party Parliamentary Group, chaired by Labour MP Chuka Umunna has today published its findings in a report entitled Integration Not Demonisation.

Stephen Hale, chief executive of Refugee Action, says:

“We strongly welcome this report’s focus on the importance of learning English as an essential 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. They feel deeply frustrated by the lack of classes available, due to swingeing cuts to funding for English language lessons.

“A national strategy for English and Government investment in ensuring all refugees in Britain can learn English will enable individuals to fulfil their potential and ensure our economy thrives and meets the challenges of a post-Brexit Britain.”

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