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Up to six million British citizens could have their citizenship revoked without warning after new government proposals.
The Nationality and Borders Bill could see the passports of a number of Brits stripped as the proposed bill would effect those with dual citizenship.
Last week the conservative party passed the final reading of the bill, which also criminalises boats rescuing people at sea and revokes the rights of migrants, and violates the refugee convention. New Statesman found that two in every five people from non-white ethnic minorities face the chance of having their citizenship revoked.
“[Many of the people affected] were born and raised in the UK, many others who have helped this country in the wars back in the day and participated in building its economy to bring up the modern Britain we see now.” Says Salford resident Naser Al-Hariry.
He then went on to say, “The UK’s current government is using the power they have in hands to divide the British society that has been a proud nation of its multi-culture for over 75 years. However, now that the Home Office officials have said that British citizenship is a privilege, not a right, this has caused a huge distrust towards the government not only from the BAME community, but from the white British community.”
He sees that this new Bill order is a future threat to the security of the UK as it may lead to a massive rise of racism and radical ideas within the mother community.
“The government has let down the British people by acting in this shameful way to destroy the British culture structure that generations were raised to respect.”
As of 2016, the Home Secretary has had the power to strip the citizenship of foreign-born Brits and people who have a foreign passport holding parent, if they have committed a crime. As of 2006, they have been able to strip the citizenship of dual nationals if it is “conducive to the public good.”
Salford, although one of the lesser diverse areas of Greater Manchester, still boasts a multi-ethnic experience from its Asian restaurants to its Caribbean goods stores.
According to the 2011 census, 8.9% of Salford’s population is of non-white or mixed/multiple ethnic groups. The area has a 0% – 5% Pakistani and Chinese population and a 5% – 10% African population. The ‘White Other’ ethnic group dominates Salford’s ethnic minority population with a 10% to 20% population.
Between 2001 and 2009 the City’s BME population increased from 7.4% to 13.5%, and from 2001 to 2010 there was a 14.5% rise in minority pupils in Salford schools.
This research shows a likeness to the growing trend of an increasing ethnic minority population of the nation right here in Salford.