Interior Minister says he has been asked to "return" to his country

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Sajid Javid – SIPA

Britain's Interior Minister Sajid Javid on Friday urged public figures to "moderate their words" to avoid fueling divisions, saying he was asked to "return" to his country as a child .

The statements come shortly after US President Donald Trump's call for four minority US Democratic Democrats to "return" to their home countries, prompting a wave of outraged reactions. British Prime Minister
Theresa May had ruled Monday "totally unacceptable" the comments of the US President.

Extremists catapulted to power

In an intervention on the fight against extremism in the morning, Sajid Javid said that "the public discourse is hardened and becomes less constructive Everyone has a role to play: the media should not give a platform to extremists , the police who must tackle the worst offenders, public figures who must moderate their language ".

"Around the world, populism and even unabashed racism have catapulted extremists to power," Javid said. "I come from a family of immigrants. I know what it's like to be told to go back to where you come from, "he said.

Ubiquitous immigration during the Brexit campaign

Sajid Javid's parents immigrated from Pakistan to the UK before he was born. The 49-year-old minister, an unfortunate candidate for Theresa May's estate, grew up in Bristol, South West England.

"We have to dismantle the immigration myths extremists use to feed divisions," he said, adding that the scale of immigration was "exaggerated to stir up fear." The subject of immigration was omnipresent during the Brexit referendum campaign in June 2016, which saw the "Leave" victory at 52%.

A net migration of 259,000 people

According to official figures of the Office for National Statistics, in 2018, 602,000 people settled in the United Kingdom and 343,000 people left the country, a net migration of 259,000 people. The country has a total population of more than 66 million.

In an article published Friday by the Telegraph, Sajid Javid says he is "very concerned" by the "divisions that are beginning to spread" in British society, citing a couple of women recently assaulted in a London bus, "refugees who are and "far-right thugs who hide their racism behind so-called nationalism."

52% of people witnessing a form of extremism

He explains that "we must do everything we can to stop" these extremists and adds that as Minister of the Interior, he has expelled eight extremists, "ranging from a white supremacist far right to a American black nationalist ", as well as" hate preachers of different faiths ".

This speech comes on the day of the publication by the Commission for the Fight against Extremism of the results of a survey of about 3,000 people, which indicates that more than half of them (52%) witnessed a form of extremism, 45% explaining having observed it online and 39% in their neighborhood.

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