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Citizenship Survey

The Citizenship Survey was, until its cancellation as of March 2011, the government’s primary effort to collect information from people living in Britain about their attitudes toward and experiences of migration, integration, race, faith, volunteering, and civic life.


From 2001 until March 2011, the government has conducted or commissioned the Citizenship Survey, a survey of a large random sample of the British population. The survey has included questions about attitudes toward and experiences of immigration and integration, as well as other topics relating to community life. Interviewees are a nationally representative sample of about 10,000 adults in England and Wales, plus an additional sample of about 5,000 people from ethnic minority groups, who would not be numerous enough to analyse in detail without this “booster” sample.


The Citizenship Survey is available only from 2001 until 2011 unless it is resumed in the future.

Data do not include information on respondents’ legal citizenship or immigration status, although it does include self-identified nationality, country of birth, country of parents birth, and self-identified ethnicity.

Because of the minority booster sample, it is especially important to use survey weights properly in any analysis, and to use the appropriate sample with or without the minority boost.

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