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British Overseas Citizens

Volume 416: debated on Monday 2 February 1981

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asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will give, for each of the countries of the Indian subcontinent and Africa, an estimate of the number of people who will become British Overseas citizens as a result of the Nationality Bill; and in each case, how many of them will have a right of readmission to the United Kingdom under present immigration rules.

Estimates from our posts in the areas concerned of numbers of persons who would become British Overseas citizens are as follows:

Kenya17,000
Tanzania9,000
Zambia5,000
Malawi4,600
Zimbabwe1,000
India39,000
Pakistan1,700
Sri Lanka40
These figures include some wives and dependent children who may not be citizens of the United Kingdom and Colonies and so would not become British Overseas citizens, but it is not possible to estimate their numbers.There is no information about persons in other African countries and Bangladesh but numbers are not thought to be large. Nor is it possible to estimate how many persons who will become British Overseas citizens have the right of readmission to the United Kingdom under present immigration rules.