Miliband Immigration Integration “Learn English” Speech

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Ed Miliband called on immigrants to integrate and learn English. Under Labour we were told that immigrants will have to reach a minimum standard in English language by the Home Secretary David Blunkett in 2004. Home Secretary Jacqui Smith in September 2007 said immigrants “need to integrate into our country, learn English and use our language.” In 2009 Immigration Minister Phil Woolas said “Immigrants must learn English.” They didn’t have much success in government with this policy…

UPDATE: Press released text to “check against delivery”:

We talked about “shared citizenship”.

But we did too little to tackle the realities of segregation in communities that were struggling to cope.

So Labour has to change as well.

What does a strategy for integration look like?

What he actually said verbatim:

We talked about “shared citizenship”.

But people said what does that actually mean in practice.

So we’ve got to change as well.

What does a strategy for integration look like.

Ed didn’t quite ‘fess up to one of Labour’s failures on immigration…




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