Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Councillor John Shipley

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Councillor John Shipley

Article excerpt

Newcastle has a long tradition of welcoming people from overseas.

Sadly too many have been persecuted in their own lands. Frightened and homeless, they need help and understanding ( something the North-East has never been short of.

Cultural diversity which flows from this, can, and does, bring many benefits to the region.

You only have to walk around Newcastle city centre to see the variety and richness in many of our shops, restaurants, bars and street cafAs that all modern successful European cities boast today.

The expansion of the European Union also brings many opportunities for the North-East. The skills and experience which some migrants possess can aid the region's economic performance if they are given the right opportunities.

The North-East needs more entrepreneurs. It needs more small businesses from which major corporations can grow if it is to compete in a competitive global market.

A culturally diverse city is better equipped to meet this challenge. …

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