‘Social integration is a two-way process’, says the Chair of the British Academy project, Professor Anthony Heath CBE FBA.
This is from the December 2017 report from the British Academy on promoting social integration in the UK.
This report showcases innovative local projects across the country which improve integration in local communities.
The report finds
- Integration can’t be taken for granted. Social integration needs to be supported and planned, taking into account the needs and challenges of different localities and communities
- A developed understanding of and empathy with local needs is a critical building block to successful social integration
- Integration is multidimensional and there is a need to involve a wide range of local organisations from the voluntary, public and private sectors.
Professor Anthony Heath said:
“The Government’s forthcoming Integration Strategy must take account of the good work that is already going on. Only then can we build sustainable and cohesive communities, where people of all backgrounds are welcomed and supported.”