North East Wales

Wrexham residents take citizenship test

Image caption Mr Roberts said refugees had "a lot of studying" to do

Residents in Wrexham have been given the chance to take a citizenship test which foreigners complete if they want to make Britain their home.

The test was available for people to try at Wrexham Library as part of Refugee Week.

Council leader Aled Roberts and senior figures including chief executive Isobel Garner took the test.

While Mr Roberts passed, the council did not confirm which of the other officials "narrowly" failed.

Introduced in 2005, the test is required for settlement, or indefinite leave to remain in the UK, or full British citizenship.

Candidates have 45 minutes to answer 24 questions, and need 75% to pass.

Monday's test contained multiple-choice questions including: "In which year did women get the right to vote?"

Another question was: "Since 1951 the population of UK has grown by..."

The event was one of several held in Wrexham as part of Refugee Week, which celebrates the skills and diversity of refugees in Britain.

Aled Roberts said: "Refugees really do have to do a lot of studying about the British way of life, statistics, laws and culture, before they can even consider sitting the test.

"This is in addition to many having to learn a new language, both written and spoken."

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