With immigration one of the public’s top concerns, how migrants integrate into society is becoming an ever more important issue.
Two leading migration experts have their says –
Jill Rutter, British Future – Broadcast English lessons on television
Rutter said: “Those less likely to speak and write fluent English including EU migrants in lower-skilled jobs working long hours, refugees, mothers who do not work, and those who live among large numbers of people from their own linguistic communities, she believes more funding is needed to expand the help to all who need it to learn the English language. In parts of London, it is possible to live and work without speaking much English if you are from Poland, Turkey or Bangladesh. But those who don’t learn English find themselves more vulnerable to exploitation, by family members and employers.”
Robert McNeil, The Migration Observatory – Labour and Lib Dems need an immigration policy to rival the Tories’ ‘tens of thousands’ pledge
Robert McNeil believes the policy faces “three major stumbling blocks”:
The first is that current polices are not adequate to deliver it and there are no significant new policies announced to overcome that. Net migration is currently nearly three times the target, and we would not expect the same polices that have led to that to suddenly deliver major cuts.
The second is that, as a part of the EU, at the moment the Government does not have control over the number of EU citizens coming and going. There is some expectation that Brexit will change that, but even if the UK was able to cut net migration from the EU to effectively zero, non-EU migration alone currently stands at 165,000, so the target would still be missed.
The third is that migration happens for some reasons – and of those reasons is that there is demand in the UK for migrants. We have historically low levels of unemployment, and lots of demand in the UK labour market. The NHS and the social care sector rely on migrant workers and the higher education sector is increasingly dependent on fees from foreign students.
“So while it seems logical to call for promises on migration that may actually be delivered in the short term, perhaps aspirations mean more to the electorate than actions.”
These experts believes that migrants needs to be truly integrated into communities, those already living in the UK need to make more of an effort to gain citizenship and engage themselves more socially.
Improving on English language is important as it frees migrants from reliance on relatives and bosses who exploits them.