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UK Home Secretary makes changes to Immigration Tests



Home Secretary Theresa May is reported to be planning changes to the test taken by foreign nationals who wish to become British citizens.

The Life in the United Kingdom test was introduced by Labour in 2005.

The [url=http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/public/news/]Sunday Times says immigrants will be told "historically the UK is a Christian country".[/url]

The revised version will focus less on the practicalities of daily living in Britain and require more knowledge of British history and achievements.

The paper says immigrants will also have to learn the first verse of the national anthem before they can become UK citizens.

Mrs May is understood to have scrapped sections of the test which dealt with claiming benefits and the Human Rights Act.

Instead potential immigrants will be expected to learn about Byron, the Duke of Wellington, Shakespeare and other historical and cultural figures.

The new version of the handbook, expected to be issued in the autumn, will include sections about key battles, such as Trafalgar, and British inventions and discoveries.

A Home Office spokesperson told the BBC: "Putting our culture and history at the heart of the citizenship test will help ensure those permanently settling can understand British life allowing them to properly integrate into our society."

The handbook is the basis of a 45-minute test which potential citizens can take at one of 90 centres around the UK.

Sultana Razia, who came to the UK from Bangladesh five years ago, has already failed the test once in her quest to become a British citizen.

"If you want to live here, you have to know all the information - all the rules and the way of living here and the culture here," she told BBC News.

"The test is important, it's quite hard but it's important."

Alp Mehmet, vice chairman of the Migration Watch think tank, welcomed the planned changes.

"People are almost encouraged to see what they can get out of the country rather than what they can contribute," he told BBC News.

"And I think that the emphasis moving towards people having an understanding of the country they're joining effectively - becoming citizens of - is absolutely right."

But Habib Mirza, who runs citizenship courses at BSGS College, in Whitechapel, east London, said proposed changes would represent "a massive barrier for anybody who wants to settle down in the United Kingdom, the vast majority of whom cannot speak English anyway".

"People who do speak English, who are born and brought up here, we would find it very, very difficult to pass so how will they pass?"

And he said asking people from non-Christian backgrounds to learn the National Anthem "might be against their religious beliefs, it might be against their personal beliefs" and it was therefore "unfair".----

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-18662531



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  • And he said asking people from non-Christian backgrounds to learn the National Anthem "might be against their religious beliefs, it might be against their personal beliefs" and it was therefore "unfair".----

    BWahahaha...if learning a nation's anthem is against your relgious beliefs...wrong country to come to Achmed

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  • "And he said asking people from non-Christian backgrounds to learn the National Anthem "might be against their religious beliefs."

    Don't be knocking on the fucking door then!

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  • But Britain has only been christian for the last 1950 years.
    Before that they had a sensible religion.

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  • "ok mr achmed you have past the test, but you can still fuckoff you cunt".

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  • good on ya lads!
    the civilized world needs more of this in order to get rid of the pestilence that is islam.

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  • Fu on can't learn one verse of the national anthem..if your religion prevents you from even learning western culture.....then why the Fuuuuck come?

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  • Oh please. What difference does it make whether there is a test or not. The issue here is that there are approx 2.5 million people unemployed in Britain. Everytime an immigrant enters the country, that immigrant is entitled to the total welfare package, paid for by the taxed workers. It is through taxation that the government has unlimited access to peoples earnings.

    It its absolutely henious.

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  • Hey, how about this...NO IMMIGRATES!

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  • its a start

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  • "And he said asking people from non-Christian backgrounds to learn the National Anthem 'might be against their religious beliefs, it might be against their personal beliefs' and it was therefore 'unfair'."

    Fair enough.

    So stay in your shitty country. Don't move to another country expecting it to accommodate you.

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  • A silly joke by the tory party. They've got no guts, no strength, no real leaders.

    The Montreal Institute (Canada) says that the UK will be the first nation in history to voluntarily give up sovereignty over their own country.

    It's always good to have a few national firsts but not that one.

    Anyone can see the trend.

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    • @Triode
      The government has unlimited access to the wages of its minions and helps itself to their pockets, whilst telling them it is for their own good. It takes with one hand and offers free stuff with the other. The poorer the people are, all the better for the government. The majority of the people will never, ever be permitted to make ends meet. And the few that are wealthy will be taxed down to size. It is in the government’s best interests to use debt to control people and until the peo More..

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    • @Triode The bigger issue is social cohesion. What will happen when UK patriots learn that their government has led them up the garden path?

      Same could be said for Australia (in particular). As for Canada, there are a few but most are still ignorant.

      When the blinkers come off, the FEMA camps and stadiums are in place. That is precisely what the drive for infrastructure is all about.

      Some people will be riding "The Peace Train" - song sound familiar? Cat Stevens alias convert Muslim. More..

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    • @Rebel_Radius Social cohesion in Australia is nearly destroyed. People have been dividing for a long tome. I suppose the same might be true for the UK.

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    • @Triode Social Cohesion is the end game of social enginners, you just watch the space for those who hold the goverment to account.

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    • @Rebel_Radius Have a look at this website: www.cando.org.au

      It is a start to fix things in Aust.

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  • Unfair? Unfair?!

    What is unfair is watching England's culture (and American culture too) be slowly destroyed by immigrants and people that have no respect for the country they are emigrating to!

    If you want to live here, learn the language, learn the national anthem, learn the history!

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  • Unfair? I just don't understand it, if you want to be part of the UK but not recognize what made such country great, then why bother coming to live in the first place?

    I congratulate the British, this is a step in the right direction...

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  • How many car wash sites do you see manned by immys?

    They pay to work

    They work for free for gang-master 12 months

    They get made redundant

    They go straight on maximum benefits

    UK is FUCKED

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  • a little late to be testing anyone the UK is fucked because of foreigners and has been for some time Alf Garneet was right all those years ago

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