General Article Britain becoming more segregated than 15 years ago, says race expert

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Prof. Ted Cantle, who wrote report after 2001 race riots, identifies trends of "more prejudice, intolerance and mistrust" in schools and workplaces.

By Anushka Asthana

British society is increasingly dividing along ethnic lines – with segregation in schools, neighbourhoods and workplaces – that risks fuelling prejudice, according to one of the country’s leading experts on race and integration.

Prof. Ted Cantle, who carried out a report into community cohesion in the wake of a series of race riots in 2001, warned that growing divisions had led to mistrust within communities across the country.

Speaking to The Guardian 15 years after he called for action to reduce polarisation following violent riots across northern England, in Oldham, Bradford, Leeds and Burnley, Cantle said he was alarmed by the direction the country had headed since then.

 

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