Foreigners to be quizzed on UK history

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Foreigners wanting to settle in the country will be tested on their knowledge of British history and customs from next year, the Home Office said on Monday,

From April, applicants will be expected to answer questions on subjects ranging from The Queen, to regional dialects and customs in the 45-minute "Life in the UK" test already taken by those applying to become British citizens.

The government says the test helps integrate migrants into society.

"It is essential that migrants wishing to live in the UK permanently recognise that there are responsibilities that go with this," Immigration Minister Liam Byrne said in a statement.

Applicants will also be expected to demonstrate a knowledge of English. As well as questions on the workings of government, the test also expects applicants to know details of British history and also a wealth of statistical data.

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