This comes despite growing evidence of a link between segregation and extremism. According to an analysis by the Henry Jackson Society think tank published in 2017, a tenth of Britain’s convicted Islamist terrorists came from just five heavily Muslim council wards in Birmingham. Dame Louise Casey, who conducted a government review on integration, has called for a moratorium on new faith schools. She said: “The less integrated we are, the more vulnerable communities and individuals become to the divisive narratives and agendas of extremists and potentially the greater the likelihood becomes of hate crime, sectarian violence and terrorist attacks”.
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