MI6 Recruiting Foreign Born Spies to Increase ‘Diversity’
The Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), more commonly known as MI6, will officially expand its recruitment of candidates to those born outside of the UK, however, they will still require to have a British passport.
MI6 has admitted that it has begun recruiting foreign-born spies for the first time in a supposed bid to increase “diversity”.
A source within Whitehall said that the overseas spy agency wants to have access to the “biggest talent pool”.
“If you narrow the criteria to a British national you will end up with lots of people who are British and educated at red-brick universities. We want a diversification of thought, a diverse workforce, not people who all think in similar ways.
“It is about having a good mix of minds. But also, by having different nationalities from different backgrounds, we can be more effective at spying,” the source said.
The new rules may require that dual citizenship candidates forgo their non-British citizenship.
MI6 will still require that candidates have at least one parent with “substantial ties to the UK” or is or was a British citizen.
People of Chinese and Russian heritage are reportedly on the top of the list for desired recruits.
“MI6 is basically saying to anyone fed up with their country’s regime that they can work for British intelligence part-time,” a source said.
“They would travel on business or holiday. That will be very attractive for a corporate executive looking to spice up an otherwise dull life,” the source added.
The loosening of official requirements for the spy agency began in 2018 when then Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service Sir Alex Younger scrapped the century-old requirement that spies must have two British born parents, allowing the children of migrants to enter the service for the first time.