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Reforming the UK’s Citizenship Test

Building Bridges, Not Barriers

By Thom Brooks

Published

Aug 1, 2021

Page count

104 pages

ISBN

978-1529218527

Dimensions

203 x 127 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Aug 1, 2021

Page count

104 pages

ISBN

978-1529218534

Dimensions

203 x 127 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
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    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