Social integration is about how we all live together. It is the extent to which people positively interact and connect with others from different backgrounds. It is shaped by the level of equality between people, the nature of our relationships, and our levels of community participation.
All of us: The Mayor’s strategy for social integration
Improving London’s social integration is one of the Mayor’s top priorities and he describes it as one of the 21st century’s biggest challenges.
Improving social integration means helping Londoners to build meaningful and lasting relationships with each other.
It involves supporting them to be active in their communities and to play a part in the decisions that affect them. It also means reducing barriers and inequalities, so that Londoners can relate to each other as equals.
There is not going to be a quick fix to this issue, but if we treat it with the seriousness it deserves, we can make a real difference. This will create stronger communities and will give us a renewed sense that we are united as neighbours and as Londoners.
The Mayor’s work on social integration has four parts:
- relationships – promoting shared experiences
- participation – supporting Londoners to be active citizens
- equality – tackling barriers and inequalities
- evidence – gathering evidence to measure and evaluate the state of social integration in London