Communities urged to take advantage of Jubilee
A housing association is urging communities to use the Jubilee as an opportunity to increase integration after finding only 46 per cent of people born outside the UK regularly speak with their neighbours.
A survey conducted for Metropolitan Migration Foundation, an initiative of housing association Metropolitan, found on average 64 per cent of people speak to the neighbours on a daily or weekly basis, but the figure for residents born outside the UK was significantly lower.
The YouGov poll also found 18- to 24-year-olds have less contact with their neighbours than other groups, and that 26 per cent of people born outside the UK want to increase contact with the communities.
The survey found people were generally positive about the contribution immigrants make to society, with 49 per cent agreeing they make a good contribution, compared to 14 per cent who did not.
Paul Birtill, director of the Metropolitan Migration Foundation, said: ‘The poll shows that people think that migrants contribute well to the local community and the economy, yet contact with their neighbours is considerably lower than the national average.
‘We want to ask why this is, particularly as people believe that knowing your neighbours makes the community safer.
‘We’d encourage people from different backgrounds to get to know each other through the Diamond Jubilee celebrations and with over 1,000 street parties planned there will be plenty of opportunities for this to happen.’
Inside Housing is keen to hear from housing providers who are running Jubilee events. Send pictures and stories to email@example.com and see everything we’ve gathered so far on the Jubilee page.