United Kingdom ranks well in immigrant integration
new study released by the British Council says that the
is one of the most welcoming countries for immigrants when compared to 27 other
The 'Migrant Integration Policy Index' analyzed
the integration of immigrants in the 25
European Union states, as well as Norway, Switzerland, and
The UK ranked ninth overall in the report.
The UK was ranked fifth for favorable
that allow migrants to gain
long-term residence and
They ranked ninth for overall for ease of integration of immigrants, with Sweden
coming in first.
However, the UK faired poorly at 15th place in
the study for allowing migrants the right to vote and take part in democratic
The British Council study also said that the UK
could do better at making
family reunification easier. "The conditions for a sponsor
include proof of income and accommodation, through a long and expensive
procedure," the report said.
"It is our hope that this transparent and
accessible account of Europe's integration policies will trigger wider
discussion, greater understanding and effective action," said Martin Davidson,
the British Council's chief executive.
Sweden was top country in the report --
followed by Portugal,
Italy and Norway.
According to the report, previous research
showed that 3.4 million people in the UK were born outside the EU --
approximately 1 in 18 of the population.