UK Prime Minister David Cameron has recently announced that in case migrants to Britain are not able to pass an English test within 2-1/2 years of their arrival, they might not be allowed to stay in the country anymore. In hopes of fostering greater integration by Muslim women, Cameron revealed on Monday that there were 190,000 British Muslim women who spoke little or no English and Britain needed to take on the “backward attitudes” of some men whom he said exerted damaging control over their wives, sisters and daughters.
In his remarks, Mr. Cameron explained that “someone can move to here with very basic English and there’s no requirement to improve it over time. We will change that. We will now say: if you don’t improve your fluency that could affect your ability to stay in the UK.” He alleged that “this will help make it clear to those men who stop their partners from integrating that there are consequences.” The government announced to invest 20 million pounds ($28 million) in English classes for women in isolated communities to test those who have arrived in Britain on a spousal visa to check if their language skills have improved.
However, Cameron’s decision has drawn sheer criticism from Muslim groups, who said the British leader was “denigrating” Muslims rather than working with communities to help tackle extremism. Chief Executive of the Ramadhan Foundation, Mohammed Shafiq, mentioned in reply that “the Prime Minister David Cameron and his Conservative government are once again using British Muslims as a political football to score cheap points to appear tough.”
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