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Where we live affects our attitudes and quality of life. This doesn’t just mean the physical environment, it includes the kind of people who live nearby. This may be obvious but it becomes a sensitive issue for public policy when the extent of diversity, and in particular ethnic diversity, appears to have a big impact on our views.

According to a number of surveys, there has been a clear decline in our levels of trust in others. Some dispute whether the scale of the decline is as great as others claim, or whether reported levels of trust gathered through surveys…

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