Support #789

Identifying UK citizens

Added by Marceline Noumoe Feze almost 7 years ago. Updated almost 7 years ago.

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I am trying to identify UK citizens in this dataset for my research. However, the nationality of the participant is not clearly defined. From the dataset, the only individuals who are asked about their country of citizenship are those who were not born in the UK. But this is assuming that all respondents born in the UK are UK citizens, which seems incorrect. I cannot use the "national identity" either because it is not the actual citizenship.

Would you kindly advise how I can identify among the respondents those who are UK nationals (=citizens)?

Thank you,



Updated by Alita Nandi almost 7 years ago

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Dear Marceline,

You are correct respondents born in the UK are not asked the citizenship questions. But as anyone born in 1983 whose neither parents were British citizen or settled in the UK were NOT automatically granted UK citizenship, it is not possible to identify from this data whether such persons are UK citizens.

Across six waves of data (and 81540 respondents), the number of individuals born on or after 1983 in the UK with both parents born outside the UK is 1590. It is not possible to identify whether these 2% are UK citizens. Note, of these if at least one of their parents had acquired UK citizenship or had become permanent UK residents before their birth (there are a few other such clauses), then they would have UK citizenship.

Best wishes,


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