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British Citizenship

Volume 707: debated on Wednesday 11 February 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many persons were granted full United Kingdom citizenship during 2008, broken down by country of origin. [HL1053]

The latest available data indicate that 90,555 persons were granted British citizenship in the period January to September 2008. This figure is provisional and rounded to the nearest five.

Summary statistics of persons granted British citizenship for October to December 2008 will be published on 24 February 2009.

Statistics on persons granted British citizenship by previous nationality are published in Home Office National Statistics statistical bulletins. Data for 2008 are scheduled for publication in May 2009. This annual publication will include details of previous nationality for persons granted British citizenship during 2008, after the necessary data quality assurance processes have been completed. Data for 2007 can be found in table 4 of Persons Granted British Citizenship United Kingdom, 2007. This publication may be obtained from the Library of the House and from the Home Office research, development and statistics website at