Friday, 22 March 2013

What would you call this and what are you doing about it?

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Today, think tank IPPR released a new report on integration entitled ‘Back to Basics’.* The report highlights the confusion that exists over the definition of integration. It also argues that policy makers often confuse integration and social cohesion; the former being concerned with the relation between migrant and ethnic minority groups and wider society, and the latter with relations between all groups of people.

The report defines integration as “possessing the opportunities and skills needed to ensure social inclusion and long-term wellbeing”.

At The Challenge Network, we believe that it is important for all groups of people to mix as this benefits our well-being, economy and society.  This includes migrant groups spending time with non-migrant groups. Rich people spending time with poor people. Old people building friendships with young people. Ultimately, everybody knowing and understanding what life is like for people who are different to them, then using this knowledge and understanding to break down social segregation.

What would you call this and what are you doing to make it happen?

*Click here to read the IPPR report in full 

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