Migration and Britain’s new citizenship test

A new version of the test taken by foreign nationals who wish to become UK citizens "focuses on values and principles at the heart of being British", the Home Office has said.

The revised Life in the UK test covers topics as sport, music and history.
"Mundane" subjects such as water meters, job interviews and the internet have been stripped out, ministers said.

The Migrants' Rights Network said the test was "like an entry examination for an elite public school".
The new handbook, on sale from Monday, will form the basis of the modified 45-minute exam being introduced in March, which all those wishing to attain British citizenship must pass.
bbc: UK citizenship test to cover Britain's 'Greats'

The following are ed’s comments placed beneath the article in question.  Some have been expanded here for clarification purposes.


Those saying that 'we're full' and the NHS, etc, can't cope, forget that this might be exacerbated by the additional resources acquired through the work and taxes of existing and potential migrants are not being channeled into these areas. 

And I have to wonder, sometimes, if finances are purposely being withheld from essential services so as to get the backlash against non-EU migrants from the masses when the NHS, etc, comes under increasing pressure. 

After all, if migration has to be curtailed, the first whom will be victimized will be those whom are supposedly most different, i.e. Non-EU citizens, or whom are easiest to get rid of since they are not part of the EU.  All of this might be unintentional on the part of the British elite, but it most certainly is the consequences.


In the 5 years we've been here, we have never been to the doctor's other than for the initial examination upon registration, but have paid our taxes which amounts to more than many. One could just as well say that we've been subsidising EU citizens even though they are subject to less demands and restrictions than us. Blame the concept of the EU, not migrants as a whole mate.


I already passed the old 'practicalities of life in the UK' test in December at first go, but i think i'll still get the new book as British culture and history does interest me.

I'd also like to see what 'great people' the book is focusing on, i.e. the people who brought in greater democracy and human rights, or those who profitted from Britain not having much of it in the past.

I'm also wondering if potential migrants are supposed to study Britain's 'Greats', or if this is essentially an exercise in defining 'Greatness'. 

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Well, just for the fun of it, I decided to take the online test based on the new book (I think) at the Guardian website.  I got 10 out of 10 at first go, even though I’ve not read the new book.