Sajid Javid has said that people in Britain have been allowed for too long to lead "parallel lives" as politicians ducked the controversial issues of social integration for fear of being called racist.
The communities secretary made the comments in response to Louise Casey's review into community cohesion with findings that he said rang true to him personally.
"I've seen for myself the enormous contribution that immigrants and their families make to British life, all without giving up their unique cultural identities," he said.
"But I've also seen, with my own eyes, the other side of the equation. For too long, too many people in this country have been living parallel lives, refusing to integrate, and failing to embrace the shared values that make Britain great."