New record: 12,040 Bangladeshi awarded citizenship in 2009

25,035 Indians, 20,945 Pakistanis get citizenship last year

1st June 2010: A record number of Bangladeshis got British citizenship in 2009. Home office figures show more than 12,040 Bangladeshi were awarded citizenship in 2009. This is 231 per cent more than the previous year.

The 2001 census says around 600,000 Bangladeshis are currently putting up in Britain. Their actual number will be revealed through the 2011 census.

The Home Office believes higher birth rates among Bangladeshis could be the reason behind the increase in their citizenship.

Otherwise also, highest number of immigrants was granted the citizenship since Britain started publishing citizenship statistics in 1962.

Statistically speaking, a new record was set with more than 200,000 residents and immigrants attaining British citizenship. As many as 25,035 Indians and 20,945 Pakistanis were among them.

Out of the total, 50 per cent got citizenship for living in Britain for a long period. As many as 25 per cent managed to get it through their spouses and 25 per cent attained citizenship by birth.

As of now, any immigrant in Britain for at least five years is eligible to apply for citizenship by following certain conditions.

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