UK unveils migrant language tests, misspells language

Published: January 22, 2016


LONDON: Britain’s Home Office was left red-faced on Friday after unveiling new English tests for migrants — but misspelling the word “language” in its announcement.

Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday launched a £20 million ($28.5 million, 26 million euro) language fund to help women, particularly Muslims, who arrive in Britain after getting married but struggle to speak English.

He also said women from non-EU countries who fail to pass an English language test after two and a half years in the country could face deportation, drawing criticism from Muslim groups and opposition parties.

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A Home Office press release giving details of the move Thursday spoke of a “new English langauge test” and had to be corrected.

Asked if Cameron was disappointed by the mistake, his official spokesperson told reporters: “All of us are open to mistakes at times.

“The prime minister is pretty confident that his team speak English competently.”

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The error drew ridicule on Twitter

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Jan 22, 2016 - 8:46PM

    This is what is called – Nit picking . Understand the gist of the scheme and stop finding faults like this . Recommend

  • Aamir - Toronto
    Jan 22, 2016 - 9:45PM

    LOL…..not surprised at all !!!Recommend

  • Shakil Ahmed Khan
    Jan 22, 2016 - 9:57PM

    Many Home Office IT functions are also outsourced to Indian companies :)Recommend

  • James
    Jan 22, 2016 - 10:12PM

    The main problem facing Muslim women in the UK is cousin-marriage.

    This is causing serious health problems for the children of such unions, and placing a great burden on hospitals in the North. Recommend

  • Mohammed Shuaib Sheikh
    Jan 22, 2016 - 10:47PM

    From now on all job seekers in the UK will have to first demonstrate that they have good command of the English LANGAUAGE. David CameronRecommend

  • Pakhtun
    Jan 23, 2016 - 12:15AM

    Women who are not EU. EU residents are allowed to stay without knowing English. I have seen so many Polish, German, Spanish etc who cannot speak English. And then they say they are against discrimination Recommend

  • LOL
    Jan 23, 2016 - 6:16AM

    gasp They don’t know their own language…..

    DEPORT ‘EM! Recommend

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