By Mercia--New figures from the Home Office have revealed that a record number of “new British” citizens were created last year, increasing by 50 percent over the previous year to an astounding 203,000 cases.
The Home Office data shows that more than half of these new “Britons” originated from the Indian sub-continent and Africa.
Bangladeshis, Indians, Pakistanis and Filipinos constituted the largest ethnic groups.
No doubt these are the "skilled" workers that Labour insists that Britain so badly needs at this time of rising mass unemployment.
Interestingly, although around 50 percent were awarded British citizenship on the basis of their length of residence in this country, a staggering 25 percent obtained their citizenship through marriage with a “British” citizen.
It is widely recognised that a significant proportion of such “marriages” are bogus, being part of a growing industry to facilitate the acquisition of much-prized British citizenship and the benefits that accrue to such.
Last year's number of applications for a British passport was the third largest since figures were first compiled in 1987.
The latest figures also illustrate the hollowness of Labour's recent “assurances” as to the scale of immigration.
Last year, some 503,000 people immigrated legally into Britain. At the same time, some 134,000 citizens left the country. This translates into a total net reduction of 13,000.
As for Labour's promises to increase the deportations of failed “asylum seekers”, they have, once again, failed miserably. The UK Border and Immigration Agency have only managed to remove some 15,000 so far this year, down five percent on the figure for the same period last year.
With both the Tories and Lib Dems determined to curry electoral favour with the huge number of migrants in Britain, it can only be a matter of time before the coalition Government formulates an amnesty of some sort.
This will pave the way for the creation of hundreds of thousands — and possibly millions — of new “paper British” citizens.
The British National Party has already placed on record its intention to review all grants of British citizenship awarded since 1997.