'Immigrants know Britain better than the British'



London: A British parliamentarian has claimed new immigrants are better aware about the country's heritage than many Britons.

Labour justice spokesperson Sadiq Khan said that it "frustrated" him to see newcomers obliged to sit citizenship tests when many people "know b***** all" about British history, the Daily Mail reported.

Khan, the son of Pakistani immigrants and MP for Tooting parliamentary constituency in south London, claimed to have come across many people who have gone through the citizenship ceremony and feel "so excited and enthused".

But he said: "Then I’ll be canvassing in my area and there’ll be people who have lived in the same home for three or four or five generations who know b***** all about our country, about our heritage."

"It frustrates me that you’ve got new citizens who have an obligation to learn about our country but we aren’t doing enough to make sure everyone shares that knowledge.”

Khan’s comments have been criticised by Tory MPs.

To gain British citizenship or leave to remain in Britain, immigrants speaking a certain level of English must complete a test called "Life in the United Kingdom", introduced by the Labour government in 2005.

Before being naturalised, they must also take part in an individual or group ceremony at their local town hall, which involves an oath of allegiance to the Queen and listening to the national anthem.

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