Citizenship, Religion and Society Policy of the United Kingdom

825 Words Feb 17th, 2018 3 Pages
Many mainstream institutional religions have experienced declining membership, retains power to influence systems of ethnics and morality. Also, religion has a strong connection with integration and migration. Therefore, Europe differs considerably in their responses toward integration and migration-related diversity (Simpson, 235). This is reflected for instance in the time duration with which immigrants can apply for and receive permanent residence and citizenship status. Currently, Switzerland (12 years), Greece and Austria (10 years) are the most difficult countries to obtain citizenship whereas Ireland, the Netherlands and France (five years) have relatively fewer barriers (Lebrun, pg. 144). In England, the Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Act of 2009 requires a residential status of eight years before being eligible for naturalization. It also introduced a voluntary community service for migrants that can reduce the length of the naturalization process by up to two years (Faas, 143). In this article, it is considered how national identity and citizenship, and understanding of the geography of religion in the U. K, by Europe and migration-related diversity, are intertwined at political level and what implications there are for future curriculums development.
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