In the House of Commons on Monday, the Island’s MP, Andrew Turner, asked the Home Secretary Theresa May a question about the number of applicants who have been granted citizenship over the last 20 years and how many errors or mistakes in decisions on citizenship had been made in that period.
James Brokenshire MP, Minister for Security and Immigration, responded to the question by stating that this Government treated the grant of citizenship as a privilege rather than a right, but referred to 2007, under the last Government, when a large number of people were granted indefinite leave who may not have met the rules at the time. He confirmed that a process to address this is currently being worked through.
Mr Turner said:
“Many people are already concerned about the levels of immigration in this country but it just adds insult to injury to find there are a large number of people who, under the last Government, were wrongly given citizenship when they did not meet the criteria at the time.”