Muslim women must pass English test to stay in England: David Cameron

Some migrants to Britain who cannot pass an English test within 2-1/2 years of arriving may not be allowed to stay, British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Monday in a move aimed at fostering greater integration by Muslim women.

By: Reuters | London | Updated: January 18, 2016 8:37 pm
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Some migrants to Britain who cannot pass an English test within 2-1/2 years of arriving may not be allowed to stay, British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Monday in a move aimed at fostering greater integration by Muslim women.

Cameron said 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.

“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,” Cameron wrote in an article for the Times newspaper.

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“This will help make it clear to those men who stop their partners from integrating that there are consequences.”

The government will invest 20 million pounds ($28 million) in English classes for women in isolated communities, and from October, this year, will begin testing those who have come in to Britain on a spousal visa to check if their language skills have improved.

Cameron said while there was no direct causal link between poor English language skills and extremism, those who were not able to integrate into British society were at risk of being more susceptible to extremist ideologies.

“Separate development and accepting practices that go against our values only emphasise differences and can help prompt the search of something to belong to,” he wrote.

But his comments were criticised by Muslim groups, who said the British leader was “denigrating” Muslims rather than working with communities to help tackle extremism.

“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,” said Mohammed Shafiq, Chief Executive of the Ramadhan Foundation.

“Rather than focusing on the positive contribution of our faith and community he focuses on the extreme minority of issues which clearly is not representative.”

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  1. मनीष
    Jan 19, 2016 at 3:42 am
    This is bad news for India. The new law will slowdown Islamic migration to U.K. Islamization of Europe and USA/Canada is a good thing for the world, particularly for India. These are the countries who used to lecture India on Human Rights. They should experience first hand, what it feels like to live with Muslims. Europe has around 5% and USA/Canada has about 1% Muslim potion. Compare that to 15% in India. I would like to hear what these countries have to say when they have 15% Muslims.
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      Muni
      Jan 18, 2016 at 4:24 pm
      Suppose the Middle Eastern countries tell the Englishmen there: IF YOU DO NOT KNOW ARABIC, QUIT OUR COUNTRY. Is it acceptable for the British?
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        MyTake
        Jan 18, 2016 at 6:41 pm
        (Rather than focusing on the positive contribution of our faith and community he focuses on the extreme minority of issues which clearly is not representative.”) Are you serious? Are you serious?
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          MyTake
          Jan 18, 2016 at 6:45 pm
          Greatest fear of some Islamists is putting a stop to the production line once women get educated! That's they reason women should not even go to schools what to speak of learning a language!
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            MyTake
            Jan 18, 2016 at 6:37 pm
            More important is for preachers, who have millions of specially young minds Under their spells, should be LICENCED. They should p a religion neutral course with certain amount of understanding its importance and value in today's world and how they can contribute to this! If a trade person is supposed to have LICENCE to do their work that can affect public life, why not preachers? Policy like this can only make the world a safer place not only for public but also for the preachers themselves to have more public (without beng bombed, maimed or killed) to listen to their messages!
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              MyTake
              Jan 18, 2016 at 6:51 pm
              Rest should have better command, if anything, since there is no stopping.
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                Pat
                Jan 18, 2016 at 6:36 pm
                What does amir, have to say, he has a lot of opinions as if he is a scholar, bakwas actor like sharuk salman etc. Isi agents anti nationals like congress.
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                  Pat
                  Jan 18, 2016 at 6:41 pm
                  Who will think for these dumb arabs their brains are ged. Theur countries with foreign power,fight wars with foreign military, they are misfit as human beings , the muslims cannot survive without western countries.
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                    Romik
                    Jan 19, 2016 at 12:54 am
                    Many native English women and men will fail too! What will he do with them?
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                      Sara
                      Jan 19, 2016 at 7:34 am
                      Not all terrorist are muslim. Do some research on tht. U look old enough to be smart enough though..
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                        andy
                        Jan 18, 2016 at 8:35 pm
                        In gulf countries all schools children's from indian communitys are learning and writing arabic language without fail. In some govt offices arabic people they don't now english.if any indian people talk with them they r getting angry and they r useing foul language to indians.Arab are telling us to talk in arabic not in English.
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                          Rajesh
                          Jan 19, 2016 at 8:10 am
                          And why do you Mullah pigs think that the only clothes on earth are burqa or bikini? Beech me kuch nahin hai kya, jihadi? Aur haan mein Hindu hai. Arabian pedophile nahin. Tumhare ch..tiya vichar Arab desh mein rak lo. Yeh Bharat hain.
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                            Rajesh
                            Jan 19, 2016 at 8:09 am
                            B****d, first find out which of your father's 4 is is your real ammo, before talking about other people's mothers.
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                              Rajesh
                              Jan 19, 2016 at 9:56 am
                              Chalo, 99.99% of terrorists are Muslims. Round up to 100%.
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                                Rajesh
                                Jan 19, 2016 at 8:13 am
                                He is obsessed with mothers. His father has 4 is, and the poor boy has always wondered which one is his real ammi. His aim in life is to kill some Infidels and get 72 mothers in paradise.
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                                  Rajesh
                                  Jan 19, 2016 at 9:55 am
                                  How old was Aisha when he raped her?
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                                    Rajesh
                                    Jan 19, 2016 at 8:08 am
                                    If you rape children, you are a pedophile.
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                                      Rajesh
                                      Jan 19, 2016 at 9:58 am
                                      Nonsense. The penalty for leaving Islam is death, for criticizing Islam is death, for converting is death. Islam is third-rate backward cult that thinks all "infidels" should be killed. Your taqiyya wont work here.
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                                        Rajesh
                                        Jan 19, 2016 at 6:36 am
                                        Now Mullahs will start crying that learning English is discrimination against jihadis. After all their pedophile only spoke Arabic.
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                                          Rajesh
                                          Jan 19, 2016 at 6:37 am
                                          They arent jihadis so Cameron doesnt care.
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                                            Debasish Sarkar
                                            Jan 19, 2016 at 7:25 am
                                            But all terrorists are Muslims. HA Ha Ha Ha............ Do you get the message?????
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