BRITONS should learn languages such as Polish, Punjabi and Urdu to make immigrant families feel more at home, according to a Cambridge University professor.
Many more English speakers should think of immigration as a ‘two-way street’ and be able to communicate in another language to aid integration and social cohesion, said academic Wendy Ayres-Bennett.
The call folows two major reports into integration in British society which called on immigrants to learn English if they want to live in the UK.
And today it was described as a ‘retrograde step’.
Stewart Jackson, whose Peterborough constituency has suffered from the impact of high immigration, said: “It’s important that new migrants integrate into British society and support British values and that means – for their own self interest and the good of society – learning and speaking and reading English.
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