Is it easier for females to get British citizenship?

For a period of 11 years from 2002-2012 the total number of grants for British citizenship was 1,779,489. Out of those grants 1,741,207 were awarded to successful applicants where 843,553 were males and 897,654 were females. Males had a grant rate of 47.4042267% while females had 50.444482%. With those figures, it can be said that it is easier for female applicants to apply for British and get approved of citizenship.

The table below shows the number of males and females awarded with British citizenship from 2002 to 2012.

Year

Total Grant

Male

Grant Rate

Female

Grant Rate

2002

120,121

42,331

35.2402994

45,418

37.810208

2003

130,535

60,874

46.634236

66,485

50.9327

2004

148,273

70,015

47.2203301

77,177

52.050609

2005

161,699

78,982

48.8450763

81,934

50.670691

2006

154,018

74,724

48.5164072

78,933

51.249205

2007

164,637

80,952

49.1699922

83,535

50.738898

2008

129,377

63,845

49.3480294

65,479

50.611005

2009

203,789

94,900

46.5677735

108,813

53.394933

2010

195,046

91,490

46.9068835

103,476

53.052101

2011

177,785

89,347

50.2556459

88,370

49.706106

2012

194,209

96,093

49.4791693

98,034

50.478608

Total

1,779,489

843,553

47.4042267

897,654

50.444482

With the emphasis on gender equality, women are given opportunity in different aspects like employment and even citizenship application. Although there are still other countries that consider women second-class citizens, those who are exposed to the western culture have become more accepting of female rights.

There are a lot of factors to be considered why females have the higher chances of being granted with British citizenship. So far, no studies have been conducted why female applicants are more likely to be approved of British citizenship. One can only assume that nowadays, the society is more accepting and open in terms of gender acceptance.

With the numbers presented, it can be said that there are more females who apply for British citizenship than men. The concept of Probability in Statistics can back up this trend. Simply put, since more women apply for British citizenship, the higher are their chances of being granted with it.

One interesting study that could be conducted to explain why approval rate of women is higher than men is the difference in motivation between men and women for migrating. The researcher can use the hypothesis that women are highly motivated than men to migrate to United Kingdom. The research can be conducted by administering questionnaires to male and female applicants. Their responses could then be correlated to their degree of diligence in completing the requirements. This study could be time consuming and also costly. It may take years before the study can be finished and before any conclusive data can be gathered.

For now, the figures shown above are highly encouraging for females especially for those who are interested to move to United Kingdom and be granted with citizenship. With the figures shown above, when a woman submits her requirements for British citizenship application, there is little more than 50% of her application being approved.