The 'Life in the United Kingdom' Citizenship Test: Is it Unfit for Purpose?
June 13, 2013
The 'Life in the United Kingdom' test is an important part of British immigration policy and it attracts cross-party support. This report is the most comprehensive and rigorous examination of the test available. The report considers how the current edition compares with previous editions and it identifies several problems that should be addressed in a future edition. The report supports 12 recommendations.
CONTENTS: Foreward, Introduction, Ch.1 - Problems with earlier editions, Ch. 2 - Problems with new test launch, Ch. 3 - Improvements over earlier editions, Ch. 4 - New problems with current test, Ch. 5 - Problems with test design, Ch. 6 - English language proficiency requirement, Conclusion - Recommendations, Annex A - ESOL, Annex B - Test material costs, Annex C - Distribution of test questions by chapter, References, About the Author.
ENDORSEMENT: "Dr. Brooks' 'The Life in the UK Citizenship Test: Is it Unfit for Purpose?' report is a welcome addition to the sensible immigration debate. I am delighted to echo his call that the test, which is both impractical and irrelevant as it stands, be reformed. Surely future Britons should better understand how to participate in daily life, instead of knowing by rote which Emperor invaded Britain in AD 43? Dr. Brooks' research into the new Life in the UK citizenship test has exposed major flaws, and we must make Government wake up." - Lord Roberts, Vice-Chair of All-Party Parliamentary Group on Migration
Number of Pages in PDF File: 52
Keywords: citizenship, citizenship test, British politics, immigration, public policy, Life in the UK, Life in the United Kingdom
JEL Classification: I29, K00, K10, K19, K30, K33, K39working papers series
Date posted: June 17, 2013 ; Last revised: November 8, 2013
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