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A STRICTLY Ortho­dox char­ity has raised con­cerns over David Cameron’s sug­ges­tion that poor English could leave Mus­lims prey to ex­trem­ism.

Mr Cameron said young Mus­lim men whose moth­ers did not speak the lan­guage could be at greater risk of be­ing in­flu­enced by ex­trem­ist nar­ra­tives.

The In­ter­link Foun­da­tion, which runs a pro­ject de­liv­er­ing lan­guage cour­ses for the strictly Ortho­dox com­mu­nity, said it was “deeply un­com­fort­able about the link that has been drawn be­tween poor English lan­guage skills and ex­trem­ism”.

A char­ity spokesper­son said: “The in­ten­tion of the ini­tia­tive may be to im­prove com­mu­nity co­he­sion, but con­flat­ing th­ese two is­sues stig­ma­tises parts of so­ci­ety in a way that can only in­crease the feel­ings of un­ease and marginal­i­sa­tion of the tar­geted groups.”

Mr Cameron’s plan to force mi­grants to learn English and end gen­der seg­re­ga­tion among mi­nor­ity com­mu­ni­ties, would, he be­lieved, en­cour­age in­te­gra­tion into Bri­tish so­ci­ety.

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