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4 I LOCAL & NATIONAL NEWS Passion Islam I February 2009
Muslim areas NOT ‘breeding
ground’ for terrorism
Ill-informed myths are threatening race is white movement into
relations in Britain more than anything minority concentrations
else according to a new book. in Leicester,
Using previously unpublished Bradford, Lambeth,
evidence, Professor Ludi Simpson and Wolverhampton,
Dr Nissa Finney from The University Wycombe, Manchester
of Manchester show how repeated and Merton. By linking
falsehoods about immigration, social problems to
integration and segregation are segregated areas, they
misguiding policy and promoting racial say, politicians have
disharmony. stigmatised the areas
This is the basis of the authors’ new and their residents.
diverse areas both ethnically and
book ‘Sleepwalking to segregation? The authors also provide evidence
socially where no one ethnic group
Challenging myths about race and that areas with large populations of
migration’ published last month by Muslims do not act as a ‘breeding
Dr Finney added: “The only
The Policy Press. ground’ for terrorism.
concentrations which resemble
After investigation, the Manchester “By propagating myths using
anything like ghettos are of white
pair have found no evidence bogus and alarmist interpretations
people. The average white person
“whatsoever” for the existence of race of population change, individuals
lives in an area which has more than
ghettos in the UK. The opposite, they such as Trevor Phillips, Dr Michael
94% white people in it.
say, is true with increasing ethnic Nazir-Ali, Bishop of Rochester and
“British Pakistanis, for example,
mixing. Sir Andrew Green, Chair of Migration
live in areas which on average have
And claims by head of equalities Watch are inadvertently promoting
26% Pakistani residents. In almost
watchdog Trevor Phillips that Britain is racial segregation,” said Professor
every city with a sizeable immigrant
“sleepwalking” into racial and religious Simpson.
settlement area, children of immigrants
segregation are also dismissed in the “Misunderstanding breeds mistrust
have on balance moved away from
book. and division between ethnic and
those areas not to them or between
According to the academics’ review religious groups. This book is about
them. So it is wrong to argue there
of evidence, white flight is no greater dispelling those myths. The truth is
is retreat. Rather, we are witnessing
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than brown or black flight. And there that Britain’s so-called ghettos are
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