Storbritannien har infört en rad olika språkkrav för att få invandra, stanna permanent i landet och till slut bli medborgare. Men journalister har avslöjat att många skolor erbjuder vägar runt kraven på språkkunskaper. Times rapporterar.
In the windows of the UK Citizenship Centre in Birmingham, posters say it provides “Home Office Approved Certificates”. They boast a “very high success rate” and the process is “quick and easy”.
This is where immigrants, some of whom speak no English, come to buy English language certificates that will enable them to apply for permanent settlement in Britain.
Under a system introduced by David Blunkett, the former home secretary, certificates should be awarded only to migrants who have undergone lengthy language and citizenship classes and proved they can speak English “to a workable level”.
However, a month-long Sunday Times investigation has uncovered a network of “colleges” where staff cheat the system and admit they are “defeating the whole object of these exams”.