Flight of white middle class increasing: UK race relations chief

January 15th, 2008 - 10:47 pm ICT by admin  


London, Jan 15 (ANI): The British Governments race relations chief, Trevor Phillips, has said that the flight of the white middle classes from the inner cities is accelerating.

Trevor Phillips said so-called ”white flight” - an American phenomenon now increasingly seen here - was deepening racial segregation.

The admission by Trevor Phillips was the first time that a senior government figure has used the phrase.

Phillips, chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, backed the decision last week of the Bishop of Rochester, Dr Michael Nazir-Ali, to warn of the spread of “no-go areas” for non-Muslims.

He told Radio 4’s Today programme: “There are areas in which there is no contact or very little contact between different ethnic and cultural groups.

“Nobody is putting up walls and gates but we all know that in virtually every big city there are places where different kinds of people feel uncomfortable, whether that is Asians in so-called white areas or white people in so-called black areas.”

“We know that white flight is accelerating. That schools - we know this from studies done by Bristol University - are becoming more segregated than the areas they sit in. So there is a phenomenon we have to deal with and I think that the Bishop of Rochester was right to raise this,” The telegraph quoted Phillips, as saying.

Earlier, Phillips had warned of the growing polarisation of the country along ethnic lines.

He said last week some Muslim enclaves were “no-go areas” for Christians and there was a need for greater integration.

The term “white flight” was coined in 1960s in America to describe the emergence of inner city ghettos.

However, Government ministers have preferred to refer to it as ”churn” and to attribute the movement of people to house price fluctuations.

A survey conducted by the old Commission for Racial Equality in 2006 found that a quarter of Britons wanted to live in an all-white area. (ANI)

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