17 June 2014 #Immigration
The unprecedented surge in support for UKIP has been highlighted by a recent survey conducted by NatCen.
A survey of 3,000 people was conducted to find out what the British public perceives as most important when determining whether or not someone is ‘truly British’. The results showed that:
Are these statistics at odds with an increasingly multi cultural society?
Whilst these results represent a more robust approach than in recent years, they do conflict with figures published on immigration and citizenship; in the year ending March 2014, there was a 6% increase in those who were granted British citizenship. In order to obtain British citizenship, various criteria must be fulfilled which includes: having lived in the UK for at least 5 years and passing an English language and Life in the UK test. This test examines various aspects of life in the UK, including UK values, principles, traditions, culture, the government and the law. You do have to wonder how many UK born citizens could correctly answer the questions.
In addition to citizenship, more work-related visas were issued including higher numbers of Tier 1 Entrepreneurs (929) and Tier 1 Investors (421). It is anticipated that Tier 1 investors will contribute in the region of £500 million per annum through investments; this, of course, is good news for the UK’s turbulent economy.
Bearing in mind the increasing figures and public perception, it will be interesting to see how UKIP fare in the General Election and how this may impact on immigration rules, procedures and statistics in the future.