The number of immigrants being granted British citizenship will rocket from the current 164,000 per year to over 250,000 as the new “immigrant fast track process” comes online.
The fast track process is a special initiative by the Government which grants citizenship to immigrants nearly two years earlier than normal if they “work in charities” or participate in “civic duties” — which include working in a (Labour Party) supporting trade union.
According to the new Borders, Immigration and Citizenship Act enacted in July, immigrants who have been in the UK for five years will obtain citizenship within one further year rather than three if they can prove they have been “active citizens.”
In 2008, some 164,635 citizenship applications were approved by the Home Office, which works out as one every three minutes. The new move will up this figure to one every two minutes.
According to Home Office figures, 1.2 million immigrants have been granted citizenship in the last ten years.
The plan to fast track immigrants will be fully implemented by 2011, according to Jo Liddy, national lead for citizenship and permanent migration at the UK Border Agency.
Speaking to a public service publication, Ms Liddy said that “we think it is right that those who volunteer receive the benefit offered by active citizenship.”
At the same time, increasing numbers of British nationals are leaving this country. Official figures state that 207,000 British citizens left Britain in 2006. Nearly a third went to Australia or New Zealand. A quarter went to Spain or France, and around one in 12 went to the United States of America.
While 1.2 million immigrants — mainly from the Third World — have been granted citizenship in Britain, the total number of British citizens who have left has now reached 1.6 million since 1997.
This is nearly what the Tory and Labour patsies in the “Cross Parliamentary Group on Balanced Migration” seek — the number of emigrants equalling the number of immigrants.
As the figures clearly show, “balanced migration” is not the answer. In fact it is one of the more serious problems, and any voter concerned about this issue will have to bear in mind that the Tory party has essentially endorsed this immigration policy as their own.
* Simultaneously it has been announced that ten percent of Britain’s jail population are foreign nationals who now cost the taxpayer £292 million per year to keep locked up.