UK not to pursue ‘earned citizenship’ policy

`Too complicated, bureaucratic, ineffective’; May
8th November 2010: The previous government’s proposed policy of earned citizenship has been dumped. Home Secretary Theresa May has asserted proposed policy was as ‘too complicated, bureaucratic and, in the end, ineffective’; and would not be implemented.
The assertion came as the Home Secretary outlined the government’s approach to reform the settlement rules.

Earned citizenship concerned the path to settlement and British citizenship, and was planned to come into force in July 2011. It will now not be introduced.

Outlining the government’s approach to settlement reforms, the Home Secretary said: ‘It is too easy, at the moment, to move from temporary residence to permanent settlement.

 ‘We will not implement Labour’s policy of earned citizenship, which was too complicated, bureaucratic and, in the end, ineffective.

‘If people enter this country saying that they will only stay here temporarily, then it is obvious that they should only stay here temporarily.

‘Working in Britain for a short period should not give someone the right to settle in Britain. Studying a course in Britain should not give someone the right to settle in Britain.’

The UK Border Agency asserted further announcements would be made in due course. In the interim, the current rules and requirements for obtaining settlement and citizenship will remain in place.


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