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Caerphilly home to 700 new British citizens in last 10 years

Published in News at 10:22, Friday January 30th, 2015. Last updated at 10:22, Friday January 30th, 2015

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Over 700 people from 65 different countries have become British citizens and made Caerphilly County Borough their home since 2004.

Since citizenship tests and ceremonies were introduced, 717 people have become British citizens in Caerphilly, including 35 in 2014.

Last year new citizens originally came from 18 different countries, namely Bangladesh, China, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Italy, Morocco, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia South Africa, Thailand, Turkey, USA and Zimbabwe.

Councillor Keith Reynolds, leader of the council, said: “I have had the great pleasure of being invited to attend these citizenship ceremonies, and it has been wonderful to be able to formally welcome these residents to our county borough as they officially become British citizens.”

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  • Paul.

    This is all very well as long as these good people are beneficial to the local economy of Caerphilly, are they all working and have purchased their own homes, or are they simply here because of the generous welfare benefits, free NHS health care and education. How many of these people have been given housing in front of local residents who have been waiting a long time. I may well be wrong and ignorant of how the system really treats immigrants but it’s high time we stopped all this politically correct nonsense and put our own people first, or are the likes of UKIP feeding us a distorted view on immigration.

    • Cllr Richard Williams

      My view is that these new ‘citizens’ or more accuarately ‘subjects’ as our Head of State is a monarch, are going to be as much of a mixed bag as people born locally. Some want to live on benefits, others want to work. Some will have skills not available from local residents and others will compete for jobs with locals.

      The problem with immigration in this country is not that a certain amount are allowed to settle here but that there are absolutely no limits or controls on numbers. There are two parliamentary constituencies where more than half of the voters were not born in Britain. If those in power think this is healthy and will lead to better social cohesion they inhabit a different world from me.

  • Peter E

    I moved to
    Caerphilly just over 30 years ago. During which time I have seen one large
    comprehensive gone and the Caerphilly miner’s hospital knocked down. I have
    also seen several massive housing estates built and the population increase significantly.
    It is interesting to see the lack of new infrastructure, compared to the eagerness
    to build new housing estates. I also wonder what impact the diverse nature of
    some of the immigrants will have on places like schools who are already under
    massive pressure?

  • Dean Cooperfield-West

    There needs to be stricter immigration controls judging people based on skills they have or money they can invest. While the 700 new citizens in Caerphilly plus the immigrants in Caerphilly are not necessarily bad, their entry to Caerphilly suggests they are unskilled workers.

    Caerphilly has few skilled jobs. Why would immigrants and new citizens move to Caerphilly?
    Where are these new people living?
    What jobs are they doing?
    How much tax do they pay?

    • Cllr Richard Williams

      We cannot introduce strict immigration controls until we leave the EU or Germany has a change of heart and allies with Britain to abolish free movement. As I can’t see the latter happening then leaving the EU is the only way.

      I am perfectly relaxed about this and am confident that Britain is a big, developed, mature economy that freed from the fetters of an out moded ideal, the EU, will do well in the world.

  • Trefor Bond

    This debate is very interesting including all the available state aid and benefits available to them, but, when will the state welfare system, which everyone appears to think is open to everyone else, including the new citizens of our County, be made available to our own, DENNID JONES, ROUGH SLEEPER, ADDRESS: ALCOVE BELOW THE ELIM CHURCH, PARC LANE CAERPHILLY, A PERSON BORN AND BRED IN CAERPHILLY and not an immigrant from Bangladesh, China, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Italy, Morocco, New Zealand,
    Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia South Africa, Thailand,
    Turkey, USA and Zimbabwe.

    When will the same housing, medical and social welfare care be extended to him?????. Let Caerphilly Council “laud and celebrate” the disgrace that the authorities should feel for the welfare and wellbeing of a person that appears to not be able to help himself. For the public record, Dennis has been living in this situation, street sleeping around Caerphilly town, for almost a year regulalry being abused by citizens of the County Borough who frankly should know better.