Thomas M Wilson
The revamped citizenship test would include questions focused on “Australian values”. But why not ask prospective Australians to show an understanding of our ancient landscape and unique species too?
A university class included a game that simulated aspects of the experience people like these would-be immigrants can expect in the U.S.
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Simulating some experiences of immigrant life can help nonimmigrants learn to understand, and even trust, people from other countries more.
In which part of the UK is this meal typically eaten?
It’s unclear if the Life in the UK test is designed to test whether somebody has already integrated, or to encourage it.
With heroism, comes citizenship.
Citizenship is increasingly becoming something that must be ‘earned’, but this undermines basic rights.
Peter Dutton says changes to citizenship legislation are a modernisation that would bring Australia in line with other countries.
The government has finally found an issue it can cast in terms of “national security” on which it can get a fight with Labor. Bill Shorten usually sticks leech-like to bipartisanship on anything with even…
English language tests will be used to decide Australian citizenship.
The English language test is an unfair barrier to anyone for whom English is not their mother tongue.
Social psychologists and sociologists have spent decades understanding how values are best assessed.
There has been much talk recently about “Australian values”. The new citizenship test will require aspiring Australians to demonstrate they possess them, or can at least reproduce them under exam conditions…
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has proposed tougher language requirements for new citizenship applicants.
Refugees are both more likely to apply for citizenship, and twice as likely as other migrant groups to have to retake the test.
A cohesive multicultural society such as Australia requires a core level of integration among its members.
There is a risk that if Australian citizenship is too hard to attain, it will create a two-tier system of permanent residency.
The higher citizenship hurdles follow Tuesday’s shakeup of the visa arrangements for bringing in skilled foreign workers temporarily.
Malcolm Turnbull is continuing his pitch to assert ‘Australian values’ and national identity.
Peter Dutton says he would like to see criteria tightened to deny citizenship to those who have not integrated into Australia.
The most important benefit of citizenship for migrants is the sense of inclusion and acceptance into their adopted community.
Tunde Jaji with his old teacher and the mayor of Bournemouth.
Ten years ago as a BBC special correspondent Kurt Barling broke the story of a teenager who had been abused as a domestic servant. Now he reports on what happened next.
Has testing prospective citizens on Australian values increased social cohesion?
Today, October 1, the Australian citizenship test turns seven. This is the official test that determines if a migrant can become an Australian citizen. It is a good time to evaluate its performance. The…