“State multiculturalism” has failed and left young Muslims vulnerable to radicalisation, David Cameron, the British prime minister, has said, arguing for a more active policy to heal divisions and promote Western values.
“Under the doctrine of state multiculturalism, we have encouraged different cultures to live separate lives, apart from each other and the mainstream,” Cameron said.
“We have failed to provide a vision of society to which they feel they want to belong … all this leaves some young Muslims feeling rootless.
“We’ve even tolerated these segregated communities behaving in ways that run completely counter to our values.
“It is time to turn the page on the failed policies of the past.”