According to data compiled by the statistical office of the European Union Eurostat in a single year of 2012 migrants numbering 193,900 were given passports of the United Kingdom.
The highest number of those passports was issued to nationals from India, followed next by Pakistan, Nigeria, and then the nationals of the Philippines.
According to the Home Office obtaining citizenship was now becoming very tough and immigration numbers was gradually being lowered.
According to Eurostat 75 percent of the total new European Union citizenships of 818,000 were approved to six countries. These countries were Britain, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, and Sweden. They each granted 23.7 percent, 14 percent, 11.7 percent, 11.5 percent, 8 percent, and 6.1 percent respectively.
The Oxford University’s acting director of the Migratory Observatory Dr. Carlos Vargas-Silva stated that the statistics could be given interpretation based on the history of the Commonwealth and Britain.
He had recently stated that the whole data was all capable of being explained by the colonial history of Britain in addition to the recent policies on settlement and immigration. India and Pakistan were the two foreign countries which were generating the highest number of new British nationals. Both were countries of the Commonwealth.
Many of those people who are given birth to in those two countries have substantial community and family connections in the UK because of the historical association between the United Kingdom and those states of the Commonwealth. This now meant that there is a higher likelihood that the United Kingdom was going to observe that from those countries there was going to be a higher immigration when compared to other states of the European Union.
The destination of choice
A spokesperson for the Home Office stated that the citizenship of Britain was not a right but rather it was a privilege, reiterating the British government’s expectation that all of those who desire to relocate and reside in the UK must display their readiness and ability for societal integration.
In the government’s view, getting a British citizenship had now been made much more difficult and all those that desired to possess it must be assessed in the new, amended Life in the United Kingdom assessment and should equally possess the relevant qualification in speaking and listening of the English Language.
The huge numbers of 2012 applications is mainly because of the lack of monitoring of the immigration levels in the years prior to 2010. The government was bringing down and monitoring immigration, establishing a system of immigration that is useful to British nationals and legal migrants and hard on people who frustrate and take advantage of the system or break the policy.
In comparative terms, successful new British citizenships were granted to nationals from India, Pakistan, Nigeria, and the Philippines, with each of these countries getting as much as 14.6 percent, 9.5 percent, 4.6 percent, and 4.2 percent respectively.
In 2012, 31 years of age was the average age of new European Union citizens. Over thirty percent of these were 25 years of age.
The chairman of Migration Watch the campaign group Sir Andrew Green stated that there was no doubt that Britain was the best destination choice for migrants who are not within the European Union. In his view, it was necessary to continue to work on reducing immigration from non-EU countries while at the same time seeking for alternative methods of reducing the influx from the other parts of the EU.