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Becoming British citizens? Experiences and opinions of refugees living in Scotland

  • Start date: 01 February 2010
  • End date: 30 September 2010

The aim of this project is to explore the experiences and opinions of refugees living in Scotland towards the UK citizenship process and becoming British citizens.

In the wider context of the social cohesion agenda, the UK Government has promoted the integration of refugees.  Alongside these developments, there have been several changes that have impacted upon refugees including English language and life in the UK tests, citizenship ceremonies and the introduction of the Active Review. 

In July 2011 further changes will be introduced to include a period of 'probationary citizenship'.  By drawing upon secondary literature, analysis of data and in-depth interviews the project will explore the potential impact of these changes upon refugees.  Specifically the project will examine the reasons why refugees decide to apply for British citizenship or not; explore the difficulties that refugees have faced in progressing towards citizenship; examine the views of refugees on the concepts of integration, citizenship, Britishness and Scottishness as well as determining how becoming British citizens impacts upon the long term integration of refugees. 

This timely research will answer key questions about refugees becoming British citizens whilst promoting and facilitating knowledge exchange activities between the University of Strathclyde and the Scottish Refugee Council.