“NO SURPRISE” AT INTEGRATION FAILURE IN NORTH WEST TOWNS, SAYS LOUISE BOURS MEP
News that there was been a failure of integration between Muslim groups and local communities in towns such as Oldham and Accrington comes “as no surprise” to Louise Bours MEP.
A report published today (THURS) by the think tank Policy Exchange reveals that places with high proportions of Muslims tended to have high levels of residential segregation and had high levels of deprivation.
Ms Bours, Ukip MEP for the North West, said the report would merely confirm what many people living in those towns knew already.
She said: “This is the evidence of the complete failure of multiculturalism thrust upon on places like Accrington and Oldham by the former Labour government.
“In an attempt to stuff towns with Labour voters, not only have they created division among communities, they have also increased pressure on local services and job opportunities.”
The Policy Exchange report said that areas of poor integration were post-industrial districts of Yorkshire and Lancashire dominated by people of Pakistani heritage such as Oldham, Accrington and Bradford.
Areas with high proportions of Muslims were likely to have high levels of residential segregation and were among the most deprived, the report added.
Among the most integrated places were wealthy suburban areas such as Esher in Surrey, Rickmansworth in Hertfordshire and Sutton Coldfield in the West Midlands.
Towns of Eastern England that have experienced a huge influx of Eastern Europeans were similarly affected, the report said. Continue reading Integration failure slammed