London’s migrants offered English lessons by phone

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The image of London as a successful multicultural world city was at the heart of the campaign to host this summer’s Olympic Games, but a report published last month by the mayor of London reveals that many of the capital’s most vulnerable migrants cannot access English language training that is vital for integration and employment.

The study, English Language for All, is part of mayor Boris Johnson’s wider integration strategy for a city that is home to nearly half of the UK’s migrant population.

Johnson has made provision of English for speakers of other languages (Esol) support an objective of his integration policies, arguing that a lack of language skills creates barriers to jobs and support such as children’s education and health services.

 

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