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Reforming the UK’s Citizenship Test

Building Bridges, Not Barriers

By Thom Brooks

Published

Mar 1, 2022

Page count

104 pages

ISBN

978-1529218527

Dimensions

203 x 127 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Mar 1, 2022

Page count

104 pages

ISBN

978-1529218534

Dimensions

203 x 127 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
Reforming the UK’s Citizenship Test

How many questions could you answer in a pub quiz about British values?

Designed to ensure new migrants have accepted British values and integrated, the UK's citizenship test is often portrayed as a bad pub quiz with answers few citizens know. With the launch of a new post-Brexit immigration system, this is a critical time to change the test.

Thom Brooks draws on first-hand experience of taking the test, and interviews with key figures including past Home Secretaries, to expose the test as ineffective and a barrier to citizenship. This accessible guide offers recommendations for transforming the citizenship test into a ‘bridge to citizenship’ which fosters greater inclusion and integration.

“An important addition to literature on British citizenship which provides a much needed critique of the citizenship test.” Devyani Prabhat, University of Bristol

Thom Brooks is the Dean of Durham Law School at Durham University.

A bad pub quiz

Why test for citizenship?

A new beginning

Not learning from mistakes

From trivia to trivial

Building bridges and a better test

Appendix – Setting a New UK Citizenship Test