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Migration: Languages

Volume 458: debated on Monday 12 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the compatibility of compulsory English language requirements for migrants with European Union law. (124402)

We are satisfied that the arrangements for requiring applicants for permanent settlement and naturalisation to demonstrate a knowledge of English are fully compatible with European law. The integration of migrants is a matter for member states’ competence.