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Muslim women must learn English or be deported: British PM

AFP , Monday 18 Jan 2016
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Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron is seen speaking on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show in this photograph received via the BBC in London, Britain January 10, 2016 (Photo: Reuters)
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Muslim women who fail to learn English to a high enough standard could face deportation from Britain, Prime Minister David Cameron announced Monday.

He also suggested that poor English skills can leave people "more susceptible" to the messages of groups like Islamic State (IS).

Cameron's comments came as his centre-right Conservatives launched a £20 million ($28.5 million, 26 million euro) language fund for women in isolated communities as part of a drive to build community integration.

Immigration rules already force spouses to speak English before they come to Britain to live with their partners.

But Cameron said they would also face further tests after two and a half years in the country to make sure their language skills were improving.

"You can't guarantee you will be able to stay if you are not improving your language," he told BBC radio. "People coming to our country, they have responsibilities too."

Cameron's government estimates that around 190,000 Muslim women in England -- about 22 percent -- speak little or no English.

There are estimated to be around 2.7 million Muslims in England out of a total population of some 53 million.

Cameron said that a lack of language skills could make Muslims in Britain more vulnerable to the message of extremist groups.

"I am not saying there is some sort of causal connection between not speaking English and becoming an extremist, of course not," he told BBC radio.

"But if you are not able to speak English, not able to integrate, you may find therefore you have challenges understanding what your identity is and therefore you could be more susceptible to the extremist message."

His comments drew criticism from Muslim groups and opposition parties.

Mohammed Shafiq, chief executive of the Ramadhan Foundation, which campaigns for better community relations, accused Cameron of "disgraceful stereotyping".

"David Cameron and his Conservative government are once again using British Muslims as a political football to score cheap points to appear tough," he added.

And Andy Burnham, home affairs spokesman for the main opposition Labour party, accused Cameron of a "clumsy and simplistic approach" which was "unfairly stigmatising a whole community."

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expat
18-01-2016 08:15pm
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basically right, BUT
Cameron doesnt adress the real problem... as all over europe, also in britain the migrants tend to bring in "wifes",which come from their hometown community,in the case of muslims a lot of "nieces" married. in order to keep the power over their wifes,a significant percentage of migrants tend to keep them stupid by isolation in their community. This problem is minimum 50 years old and was recognised from the start of muslim migration. But because of fear to hurt "feelings", the weak governments didnt do the necessary and good for their nations: to STOP imidiatelly this way of segregation now in GB the political correctness stops Cameron to adress the problem clearly
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Tut
18-01-2016 04:29pm
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Every immigrant
Every immigrant, men and women, have to learn the language of the country they're immigrating to. This is the least they have to do to integrate into their chosen home-country; no excuse. If the Chinese can learn English to better trade with the world, there is no excuse for Arabs in the UK, Latins in the US, or even Sisi as a President of a country seeking international investments!
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M Omsri
19-01-2016 08:59am
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Why did they become immigrants?
Was it to escape corruption, misogyny, nepotism, and religious extremisms, sexual violence and poverty? If so, their hosts can hardly be blamed for wanting their new guests to be free and immunised form these diseases. The only proof is by communication of a common language – of the host. Also it is a slur on the emigrants nation why these people should wish to leave.
expat
18-01-2016 08:16pm
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simple answer to "new egypt"
because no other community tries to keep their women,once arrived in the migration country,at home and therefore stupid by not teaching them english in order to get an independent livestyle
NewEgypt123
18-01-2016 06:27pm
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Why Single Out Muslims?
I agree with you that all immigrants should make the effort to learn the language of the country they move to. That is just common sense that you should speak the language of the country to have a better chance at success. HOWEVER, I do not think that this is about that. It is more about singleing out Arabs and Muslims. Why don't they say that Eastern Europeans should learn the language or face deportation? If they said all immigrants should learn the language or face deportation, I could support it, but to single out Muslims is wrong. Do Arabs say this to the English, French, or Italians when they do business here?
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