The British government has been accused of damaging social cohesion through its policies and rhetoric on asylum. The criticisms were made by a wide range of witnesses at the final public hearing of the Independent Asylum Commission.
A new report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation has found that rather than taking housing from local residents, as critics claim, new immigrants tend to fill voids in the housing stock left behind or rejected by other households.
The Independent Asylum Commission is holding its final public hearing in London on 29 November 2007. It is collecting evidence for an impartial citizens’ enquiry into the UK asylum system, which many regard as unjust and failing.
The case of a Sikh pupil suspended from a Welsh school for wearing a wrist bangle is now likely to go to judicial review after the school concerned refused to adopt a more flexible dress policy and is seeking further legal advice.
Trying to make workplaces religion free is no solution to human fears about 'the other', says Simon Barrow, reflecting on recent cases of controversy involving religious dress and symbols in schools and companies.