British Future citizenship inquiry

Posted on 30 August 2019

An independent inquiry into UK citizenship policy will set out practical proposals for citizenship reform that would be capable of securing cross-party support.

The inquiry, chaired by Alberto Costa MP and coordinated by British Future, also aims to foster further debate about citizenship policy.

Questions considered by the inquiry include:

  • What eligibility criteria should applicants fulfil before becoming British citizens?
  • What changes should be made to the ‘Life in the UK’ test and English language requirements?
  • How much is it reasonable to charge applicants for citizenship and settlement?
  • How can the acquisition of citizenship become a positive and meaningful experience?
  • What should citizenship policy aim to achieve in the UK?

To support the inquiry we are issuing an open call for evidence  asking legal experts and academics, migrants’ organisations and other interested parties to provide supporting evidence. Submissions should ideally be less than 1,000 words, although additional documents and appendixes can be included if relevant. The deadline for receiving submissions is 5pm on Friday 18th October 2019.

One of the first inputs into to the inquiry is from a British Future deliberative event recently held in Southampton, which brought together ‘New Britons’ who recently attained citizenship with British-born citizens, to discuss and debate the criteria and costs of citizenship and the content of the Life in the UK test. Here’s what they had to say:

A second deliberative event will be held in Edinburgh later this year. The inquiry will conclude by the end of 2019 and publish its findings and recommendations in early 2020.

This initiative is supported by the PARTICIPATE. iNTEGRATION project from Moneygram and also by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

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