Figures released by the Policy Exchange think-tank unveiled the top ten most integrated places and the top ten most segregated places based on data from the 2011 census.They compared 160 places with a population of more than 20,000, of whom at least 15 per cent were from an ethnic minority.They weighed factors including whether individuals held a UK passport, the ethnic mix of neighbourhoods and households and how people mixed with work colleagues The data examines both ‘identity integration’ – how minorities living in English and Welsh towns feel – and ‘structural integration’ – how well minorities living in that area mix with other ethnic groups.The study found that the least integrated places were either the old mill towns of Yorkshire and Lancashire dominated by people of Pakistani heritage or the towns of Eastern England that have experienced a huge influx of Eastern Europeans.Doors have now been repainted In Glasgow, third on the national list, the Scottish Refugee Council did not say the city was overburdened, but did call for a national review of the housing contract, saying it had 'grave concerns' about how asylum seekers were housed.
“We will not rest on this result as there are potentially other victims of modern slavery in our county.” Police said modern slavery could take many forms, including sexual exploitation, domestic servitude, fraudulent activity or criminal exploitation and have issued guidance to help spot victims.
The case also revealed that family members owed more than £97,300 to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in unpaid income tax and VAT through illegal trading.
Simon York, director of HMRC’s fraud investigation service, said it would bring the full force of government sanctions against abusers to strip them of their illegal assets. “These people lived a life of luxury by exploiting and abusing highly vulnerable individuals.
According to the 2011 Census, Boston is now home to a higher proportion of eastern European immigrants than anywhere else in England and Wales: 10.6 per cent of the town’s population of 65,000 comes from EU countries such as Poland, Lithuania, Latvia or Romania.
David Goodhart, from Policy Exchange, said: 'We know people of similar backgrounds tend to cluster together but we also know that a good society needs a sense of trust and mutual regard that crosses social and ethnic boundaries.The figures on integration came as MPs and council leaders called for asylum seekers to be more fairly dispersed around the country as figures showed towns housing the highest proportion were in the north of England, Scotland and Wales.