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Reforming the UK's Citizenship Test: Building Barriers, Not Bridges

Brooks, Thom



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.


Brooks, T. (2022). Reforming the UK's Citizenship Test: Building Barriers, Not Bridges. Bristol University Press

Book Type Authored Book
Online Publication Date Mar 1, 2022
Publication Date 2022
Deposit Date Aug 31, 2021
Publisher Bristol University Press
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