British Citizenship Acts

British Citizenship Acts
   These Acts define who can live in Britain. Like all those before it, the British Nationality Act (1981) is contentious. It created a new British Dependent Territories citizenship, which does not give a right of abode in Britain. As people from both Gibraltar and the Falkland Islands were exempted from it, this has been seen as a racist measure. The government unwillingly gave 8,000 mainly Indian and Pakistani citizens of Hong Kong passports only because they would become ‘stateless’. Discretionary treatment of certain high-profile individuals has laid various Home Secretaries open to charges of racism: Mohamed Al Fayed was denied, but John Paul Getty was accorded British citizenship by Michael Howard. The current Home Secretary, Jack Straw, has been pressured to introduce a more even-handed approach.
   See also: Race Relations Acts
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