We know that how society brings up its children is critical to how it shapes itself as a nation — its history, its symbols and its practices. But given that our generation has multiple identities and greater contact with other cultures, what can we learn from experiences of integration — how can we take a journey through life and even through a city with people who haven’t been brought up in the same culture or don’t speak the same language? How can we become a community characterised by the exchange of experience and solidarity?
What can we learn from the different models of integration? By promoting diversity, are we not making our society more individualistic? Is European identity an option? How can we make Europe more accessible, from being able to travel to being able to influence its decisions, to feeling European as well as British? If were to use the six degrees of separation, would we feel more European?