“Our report brings together some important perspectives we hope will help inform government thinking on integration. We believe a positive collaborative approach is what is needed to create a vision for a united nation that will shape the future for us and the generations to come.” – Harun Khan, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain
‘We Need an Equal Integration Strategy for All Britons’
The Muslim Council of Britain has published a special report showcasing diverse voices on integration in the UK.
The report sets out a number of expectations of the government approach to integration:
The report showcases a collection of over 30 diverse voices on integration in Britain. They come from scholars, activists, specialists and leaders who all bring unique perspectives, expertise and life experiences to this issue.
“Our Shared British Future presents some of these challenges but more importantly projects a positive vision of some of the everyday success stories from across the United Kingdom.” Writing in the report, Baroness Warsi states: “A community is best integrated when it feels it belongs and matters.” – Baroness Sayeeda Warsi
The report is divided into six sections headlined: ‘Dealing with Integration Myths’, ‘UK Integration Stories’, ‘Enabling Muslims to Play their Full Part’, ‘Muslims Integral to our National Story’, ‘Muslim Perspectives’ and ‘Islam and Integration’. It also includes a case study of the well known Visit My Mosque project.
“We must stand up to those who wish to stir division and look to break up our communities, by spreading fear and hatred of the ‘other’. We must not merely tolerate difference and diversity, but respect and celebrate its impact on our nation.” – Diane Abbott, Shadow Secretary of State for Home Affairs
Contributors to the report include Baroness Warsi, Rt Hon. Dominic Grieve QC MP, Frances O’Grady, Sir Peter Fahy, Professor Jonathan Portes, Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra, Aalimah Arzoo Ahmed and Dr Khadijah El-Shayyal.