[lg policy] Op-Ed: If you don't speak English, you can't belong in Britain

Gareth Price gareth.price at DUKE.EDU
Thu Jul 28 20:23:12 UTC 2011

When the last Labour government introduced a requirement that
immigrants who wished to marry a British citizen must learn English
before coming to live here, it struck most people as a perfectly
reasonable expectation. But that requirement is now being challenged
in the High Court on two grounds. First, it is said to be racially
discriminatory, because it impacts disproportionately on certain
ethnic groups; and second, under the European Convention on Human
Rights, it is said to obstruct the right to family life.

Full story: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/immigration/8666450/If-you-dont-speak-English-you-cant-belong-in-Britain.html

Dr. Gareth Price
Visiting Assistant Professor
Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies
316 Languages Building, Box 90259
Duke University
Durham, NC 27708-0259
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