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Migrants face integration challenges

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In a new study ranking how well immigrants integrate in European countries, Britain comes ninth out of 25 EU nations.

The British Council and the Migration Policy Group ranks the UK high in allowing migrants to live and stay in the country, but says those migrants face more challenges integrating and participating in democracy.

Though protection from discrimination and racism are a historical area of strength for the UK, the study shows there is a gap between theory and practice.

The Migrant Integration Policy Index ranks the UK fifth when it came to access to long-term residence and becoming a national, but 12th when it comes to allowing family reunion and access to work, and 15th in terms of the right to vote and to participate in British politics.

One in 18 born outside EU

About one in 18 people living in the UK were born outside the EU - around 3.4 million people. Most people, 66%, believe migrants enrich Britain's culture.

British Council chief executive officer Martin Davidson said: “It is our hope that this transparent and accessible account of Europe’s integration policies will trigger wider discussion, greater understanding and effective action.”

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