Rapid change can fuel ethnic tension

Traditionally, it's the right who have led opposition to immigration and multi-culturalism. But recently progressive thinkers have taken a subtle tack against the prospect of further migration. It's been argued that by eroding established social bonds, diversity questions the sense of a common identity and mutual support that underpins the welfare state. After all, the welfare state was established by an ethnically near-homogenous Britain, with the different classes brought together through their shared experience of the war.

by Sukhvinder Stubbs, chief executive of the Barrow CadburyTrust. Email: sukhvinder.stubbs@haynet.com

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