1 Aug 2011
Language of integration
If immigrants settling in Britain do not share its language, how can they fully participate in its democracy?
Once again the European Convention on Human Rights is being put to rather mischievous use. Rashida Chapti wants to bring her husband to this country from India, but cannot do so because he does not speak English. Since last November, a basic command of the language has been a legal requirement for those from outside the EU wishing to settle here. Mrs Chapti says this breaches her right to family life and marriage.