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Response on the report by the right-wing think tank, Policy Exchange, Unsettled Belonging: A survey of Britain’s Muslim communities:

The Muslim Council of Britain consistently looks for  empirical data to help drive policy development and this ICM poll, despite the interpretation Policy Exchange has chosen to give the findings, provides fresh information about Muslims living in locations where the Muslim population accounts for at least 20% of the total population . . . The Policy Exchange’s conclusions about the Muslim Council of Britain are unsurprising, given also its decade long pursuit to de-legitimise the organisation. Almost every report the Policy Exchange has commissioned on Muslims has sought to say that the Muslim Council of Britain is either irrelevant or dangerous. We wish it would make up its mind . . . click here

Response to the  review by Dame Louise Casey into opportunity and integration:

Any initiative that facilitates better integration of all Britons should be welcomed, and we certainly endorse the few, fair and supportable suggestions proposed by the Casey Review. This includes the promotion of the English language, sharing of best practice across the nation and a range of measures to tackle exclusion, inequality and segregation in school placements. And while we agree that forced marriages, FGM, honour based killings and other practices have no place in modern Britain, we would argue that our faith tradition can be deployed to tackle what are essentially cultural practices.

I hope we can facilitate robust and active conversations in British Muslim communities where we are frank about the challenges facing us and creative enough to meet them head on.”

Sadly, however, I fear that this report could be a missed opportunity. We need to improve integration, and it needs to involve the active participation of all Britons, not just Muslims. As former Prime Minister David Cameron has stated, ‘integration is a two-way street’. The report has little discussion on white flight, and could have delved deeper into the economic structural barriers to integration. click here.

LINKS

To PE report, click here.

For Casey Review, click here.

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