Results 1 to 2 of 2

Thread: Immigrants Urged to Live in Scotland

  1. #1
    Funding Member
    „Friend of Germanics”
    Funding Membership Inactive
    Nachtengel's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Last Online
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    Thanked in
    759 Posts

    Immigrants Urged to Live in Scotland

    IMMIGRANTS who want to become British citizens will stand a better chance if they opt to live in Scotland, under radical reforms to be unveiled by the Home Office this summer.
    A new "points-based" test for citizenship will credit applicants if they have set up home in parts of the country in need of increased population.

    Scotland has been singled out by the Home Office as a place where points could be earned, because its own population is likely to fall over the long term.

    The move, contained in a draft consultation to be released in the next few weeks, means prospective British citizens already settled in the UK may flock north of the Border to ensure they have enough points to be successful.

    The new points-based system will also reward applicants who can show they have attributes required by the country, but will penalise them for failing to disregard British values.

    Writing in Scotland on Sunday today, Scottish Secretary Jim Murphy confirms that "having lived and worked in Scotland is proposed as one way to earn points".

    He adds: "Our need for a growing population is ranked along with the need to recruit to shortage occupations."

    The new system of "earned citizenship" is borrowed from Australia, where immigrants must gain points over a number of years before being granted full citizen status.

    Under the new Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Bill, applicants will undertake a probationary period before being granted citizenship, meaning it could take up to eight years to complete the process.

    Currently, foreigners can apply for British citizenship purely on the grounds that they are settled in the country. Last year, around a quarter of a million people passed the citizenship test which applicants must take.

    Ministers say the new rules will allow them to have more control over the number of people gaining citizenship, but will also allow them to be more flexible about the threshold, depending on the needs of the country.

    The Home Office draft paper declares: "Attributes for which points could be awarded might include earning potential, special artistic, scientific or literary merit, qualifications, shortage occupation, English (above existing requirements); and having lived and worked in a part of the UK in need of increased population, eg Scotland."

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Dead Eye's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Last Online
    Thursday, December 22nd, 2016 @ 06:45 PM
    England England
    Single adult
    Thanks Thanks Given 
    Thanks Thanks Received 
    Thanked in
    1 Post
    They stand a better chance in Scotland? i doubt that the Scotish,who have more fight in them then the English,will stand for this.

    I guess England is quite full so next it will be Scotland but i hope the Scots fight back like the Irish did a short while ago.

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 0
    Last Post: Saturday, December 24th, 2011, 03:47 AM
  2. Scotland Urged to Create an Islamic Finance House
    By Nachtengel in forum Scotland
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: Thursday, April 9th, 2009, 03:16 PM
  3. Where Are the Best Places to Live in England and Scotland?
    By Beornulf in forum Germanic Europe & Outlying Islands
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: Tuesday, February 26th, 2008, 07:09 PM
  4. Replies: 2
    Last Post: Saturday, August 18th, 2007, 01:14 PM
  5. Scotland- Immigrants add to rise of HIV
    By Evolved in forum Immigration & Multiculturalism
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: Saturday, November 29th, 2003, 02:57 AM


Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts