London: Muslim women who fail to learn English to a high enough standard could face deportation from Britain, Prime Minister David Cameron announced Monday.
In an op-ed for The Times outlining his new policy, Cameron emphasized that 190,000 Muslim women in Britain speak little or no English, despite having lived in the U.K. for years.
Thus, from now onwards, Migrants entering the United Kingdom on a spousal visa will be required to pass an English language test two and a half years after arriving in the country.
"Someone can move to here with very basic English and there's no requirement to improve it over time. We will change that. We will now say: if you don't improve your fluency, that could affect your ability to stay in the UK,"wrote Cameron.
"This will help make it clear to those men who stop their partners from integrating that there are consequences."
He added that government will invest 20 million pounds ($28 million) in English classes for women in isolated communities.
According to reports, the process to perform a check on those who have come in to Britain on a spousal visa will begin from October 2016.
Cameron comments were criticised by Muslim groups, who said the British leader was "denigrating" Muslims rather than working with communities to help tackle extremism.