According to a recent Casey Review segregation in the UK has become a real problem.

“Community cohesion did not feel universally strong across the country.”

The Casey Review suggests that ” concerns about terrorism, immigration, the economy and the future of public services” are increasing amongst the public.

It also states that “the EU referendum posed another question about our unity as a nation, sparking increased reports of racist and xenophobic hatred”.

However, it seems some parts of the UK are less affected by segregation than others.

Acting Priest, Beverley Sproats, of St Augustine’s Wrangthorn in Leeds said she was “not aware” of segregation in the Hyde Park area of Leeds where she works.

Photo of St Augustine's Wrangthorn in Leeds taken by Shannon Mighty
Photo of St Augustine’s Wrangthorn in Leeds taken by Shannon Mighty

“I see more evidence of integration than segregation…people of different ethnic backgrounds attend St. Augustine’s Wrangthorn.”

Sproats suggests that we can combat segregation through “education and example and working together as a community” and “being welcoming to people of all ethnic backgrounds”.

St Augustine’s even offers English classes to people with English as a second language, helping people to break down the barriers of segregation.

Despite the united front shown by St Augustine’s it is likely that segregation may still affect some areas of Leeds.

West Yorkshire Police warns effects of segregation like hate crime, they say hate crimes can be reported by calling 999 or 101 for non-emergencies or by using their online hate crime reporting form.

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