29 October 2007

UK ranks highly for immigration integration

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A recent report by the British Council showed that the UK is one of the most welcoming countries for immigrants in Europe, with their policies for allowing foreign workers long-term residence given particular acknowledgement.

The report analysed Britain and 27 other European countries to determine which nations had the most positive attitudes towards successfully supporting migrants upon their arrival.

Britain's Indefinite Leave to Remain residency and Citizenship processes both helped boost the UK's reputation for a positive migration process, as they were ranked joint fifth for both most favourable policies for allowing foreigners long-term residence and for allowing immigrants to take on nationality.

The UK's overall position for ease of integration of immigrants in the British Council’s research was ninth, with Sweden finishing first.  Current records show that there are 3.4 million people in the UK born outside of the EU, which translates to roughly one in 18 of the population.

The British Council’s chief executive, Martin Davidson, stated his hopes that this account of Europe's integration polices will "trigger wider discussion, greater understanding and effective action."

Anyone interested in getting a better understanding of their current position under UK visa regulations should request a call from a qualified UK Visa Bureau migration consultant to see if they are eligible for migration to the UK, or call direct on Freephone 0800 043 7011. Alternatively, HSMP visa hopefuls should try taking the HSMP online assessment.


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