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Durham University

Durham Law: Policy Engagement

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Professor Brooks makes 30+ television appearances on the continuing EU refugee crisis

Professor Thom Brooks has been a regular on television commenting on the continuing EU refugee crisis. He has appeared over 30 times since 31 July 2015 on channels such as BBC News, BBC World, ITV Tyne Tees, Sky News, TRT World, RT, Al Jazeera and local channel Made in Tyne and Wear, in addition to interviews with national and international newspapers and radio.

Immigrants guide to UK not fit for purpose claims North East academic

Thom Brooks has criticised The Practical Guide to Living in the United Kingdom because it contains numerous errors and omissions.

"This shows the Government has the wrong priorities. If it isn’t necessary for new citizens, why then for new migrants? The focus surely must be on contributing to British life and not a how-to guide to make claims for people who might not have visited the UK yet”.

You can read the full article in The Journal here.

Citizenship guide flying off the shelves - The Daily Mail

The Daily Mail reported on the 14th February 2015, that the Life In The United Kingdom: A Guide For New Residents, published by The Stationary Office, was one of the most borrowed library books last year.

Thom has criticised this new Citizenship Test guide because it does not mention practical issues such as how to register with a GP or how to ring for an ambulance.

Read the newspaper article here

Cornish pasties must be added to the UK citizenship test

In a blog post on The Conversation in April 2014, Thom discussed the decision of the Government to extend minority status to Cornish people. He highlights that this change will affect the UK citizenship test.

Read The Conversation blog post here

“The protected minority status of the Cornish matters - but not in ways the government and others might have predicted. This change creates a greater urgency for a new citizenship test to be published.”

Mock the Week discusses Thom Brooks' report on why the "Life in the UK" test is like "a bad pub quiz"

Thom Brooks' argued that the 'Life in the UK' test was like "a bad pub quiz".

Comedy News Shows, Mock the Week, asked panelists to guess what had been compared to a bad pub quiz that week. Comdians agree with Thom that some of the questions were too trivial.

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Questions in the House of Lords

Thom's research on the UK Citizenship Test has fed into public debates, including forming the basis of questions in the House of Lords.

Read where Thom's research was noted in the House of Lords here, here and here

“The test makes it impossible for people who want to become part of a community here in the United Kingdom to have any confidence at all. Dr Brooks said that it is more like a bad pub quiz than anything meriting true consideration. ”

Lord Roberts of Llandudno (4th July 2013 )

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