UK unveils migrant language tests, misspells language

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.

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.”

The error drew ridicule on Twitter.

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