Immigrants should be made to learn English on arrival to help integration in UK, parliamentary report finds | The Independent
New immigrants to Britain should be made to learn English on arrival in compulsory classes, according to Parliament’s new all-party group on social integration.
MPs and peers from all parties are co-authors of a new report that also suggests handing immigration powers directly to regions ahead of the current centralised system. It comes in the wake of a Louise Casey’s report last month that warned that as Britain is becoming more diverse, it is also becoming more divided. Dame Casey’s report also recommended that immigrants be required to swear an ‘integration oath.’
The all-party parliamentary group on social integration concludes that speaking English is “the key to full participation in our society and economy” and a “prerequisite for meaningful engagement with most British people”.
The study added: “The APPG believes that all immigrants should be expected to have either learned English before coming to the UK or be enrolled in compulsory ESOL [English for Speakers of Other Languages] classes upon arrival.”
It also proposed new policies for better dispersing migrant flows around the country, helping regional economies in the process.