Call to restarts citizenship ceremonies in Fife

Over 100 were held last year
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More than 100 people in Fife became British citizens last year after swearing allegiance to the Queen at special citizenship ceremonies, figures reveal.

The events, organised by Fife Council, are the final step in the process to full citizenship and being able to obtain a British passport.

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But with ceremonies indefinitely suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, migrant rights campaigners say applicants across the country are stuck "in limbo”.

Home Office figures show 169 people attended citizenship ceremonies in Fife in 2019.

This was up four per cent on the year before, bringing the total for the last decade to around 1600.

Participants are asked to make an oath of allegiance to the Queen and pledge to respect the rights, freedoms and laws of the UK. They are then presented with a certificate of British citizenship and a welcome pack.

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Jill Rutter, director of strategy at the think tank, British Future, said citizenship is important for integration and a shared sense of identity.

She said: "Citizenship ceremonies do really matter to new Britons. They mark the end of a long and expensive process, and the start of an enhanced feeling of belonging to the country people have chosen to call home.

"We should restart citizenship ceremonies as soon as it is safe to do so.”

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