In a controversial speech in the US addressing the issue of migration, Suella Braverman stated that "Uncontrolled immigration, inadequate integration, and a misguided dogma of multiculturalism have proven a toxic combination for Europe over the last few decades."
As per Braverman, multiculturalism has failed and "you can see it play out on the streets of cities all over Europe." She also went on to call for a new international approach to granting asylum and changes to the 1951 Refugee Convention.
In her speech, she said that the fear of suffering from discrimination for being gay or a woman should not be enough to qualify for refugee protection. As per a report in the BBC, '2022 only 1.5% of asylum claims used sexual orientation as part of the basis for the claim - with the top three countries of origin being places where homosexuality is illegal and punishable by life imprisonment or death.'
Continuing on her questioning of the Refugee Convention on whether it needed reform she spoke on how patterns of migration had been "too much, too quick, with too little thought given to integration and the impact on social cohesion."
She also highlighted that the flow of migrants has been uncontrolled and illegal which has created a problem migration which is what was described as an "existential challenge for the political and cultural institutions of the West."
Incensed by her speech British Indians called her out for her remarks specifically about how multiculturalism has failed in Europe.
It was only a matter of time before one of the brown Tories vying for leadership claimed that "multiculturalism has failed". This is not related to any kind of reality, it's about campaigning to be leader, making the party's mostly white, often extremely rightwing, members feel… pic.twitter.com/XDedSKEmgJ— Sathnam Sanghera (@Sathnam) September 26, 2023
Gurinder Chadha also took to social media site X to express her anger and disappointment at the idea that multiculturalism had failed in Britain, questioning that if it had failed then how had her films had attained global success while showing a 'flourishing thriving multicultural Britain.'
How does @SuellaBraverman explain the global success of my films that depict a flourishing thriving multicultural Britain then? Shame on you you self serving despicable Chamcha @Sathnam @springsteen @Davidbeckhamt20 @BFI https://t.co/CTXrb9lTjm— Gurinder Chadha OBE (@GurinderC) September 27, 2023