Dame Louise Casey told the Communities and Local Government Select Committee on Monday that too many migrants had not grasped the basic tenets of British life.
Queuing properly, adopting British ‘niceness’ and knowing when to put the rubbish out were among the qualities that ought to be promoted, she said.
Casey, who has led an 18-month review on integration, has previously called for migrants to be made to swear an oath of allegiance upon arrival.
“I thought it was interesting that they said that nobody had talked to them about our way of life here, about when to put rubbish out,” Casey told the committee.
“Nobody told them to queue, nobody told them to be nice, all those sorts of things. We hadn’t been on it and I think as part of the package that would be no bad thing.
“What is clear is that we ought to be more on integration, we should have been and we need to be.”
Casey insisted that migration was not a “two-way street” and argued that this approach was just “a sound bite that people like to say.”
She likened the process of integration to a motorway slip road which requires those coming in to give more than they take.
“There is more give on one side and more take on the other and that’s where we have successively made a mistake, which is where we’ve not been honest about that.”
In her report, which was published in December, it was argued that British Muslims “are increasingly identifying with a global Muslim ‘ummah’ [community] rather than their adoptive country.”
The study warned that this could allow “regressive and socially conservative versions of Islam” to flourish and is only discussed among “Islamophobic hate mongers on the far right.”