London Mayor Khan explains to America: Immigrants shouldn’t have to assimilate

London Mayor Khan explains to America: Immigrants shouldn’t have to assimilate
Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. (Image: Screen grab of BBC video, YouTube)

On a visit to Chicago, London mayor Sadiq Kahn lectured the U.S. on how to welcome immigrants to the U.S.  He said integration, not assimilation should be the goal in developing “cohesive communities.”

Voice of America:

“One of the lessons from around the world is that a laissez faire or hands-off approach to social integration doesn’t work. We need rules, institutions and support to enable people to integrate into cohesive communities and for the avoidance of doubt, I don’t mean assimilation, I mean integration, and there’s a difference,” Khan said. “People shouldn’t have to drop their cultures and traditions when they arrive in our cities and countries.”

Note that Khan is presuming to lecture a country that has successfully assimilated 140 million people in the last 170 years.  It was done without forcing the newcomers to give up their culture.

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