Published: 11th Feb 2019

The government has published details on how they plan to help refugees better integrate into communities. The Integrated Communities Action Plan follows on from a consultation on the government’s Integrated Communities Strategy which was published in March 2018. Over 3,400 responses from individuals and organisations were received to the consultation spanning a wide range of sectors including, faith, education, local authority, social and academic. The plan includes efforts to improve the English-language skills of refugees entering the country by developing a ‘new national strategy for English language’. They also plan to provide a ‘package of practical information’ to help them build social connections with neighbours and the wider community. The government says they are currently working in partnership with 5 Integration Areas (Blackburn with Darwen; Bradford; Peterborough; Walsall and Waltham Forest) to develop ‘bespoke’ local integration strategies, trying new bold and innovative approaches including helping more marginalised women into work. … (To read the full article, subscribe below)