"I have never welcomed the weakening of family ties by politics or pressure" - Nelson Mandela.
"He who travels for love finds a thousand miles no longer than one" - Japanese proverb.
"Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence." - Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
"When people's love is divided by law, it is the law that needs to change". -
David Cameron.

Monday, 28 January 2013

Today's links

Hoping for Home: One couples fight to return to the UK following the recent changes to the UK family visa for non-EU spouses...


'I never could’ve imagined, when I arrived in Buenos Aires over 12 years ago, a young girl of just 20 setting out on her first solo adventure abroad, that I’d remain here today, living a life of forced exile from my native UK.'

The theme of Brits and their families condemned to effective exile - or facing family breakup - is one we hear over and over again. This family's story is here :
Meeting on immigration rule that's keeping families apart.


'Southampton community leaders have slammed a Government policy which prevents British citizens sponsoring spouses from outside the EU unless they are earning more than £18,600. '

This awesome group of people - http://swvg-refugees.org.uk/public/ - were at both the 9th July demo outside the Home Office, the meeting in Parliament, and also I recognised them at the JCWI AGM. They're a small group but they are very active and do a lot of good work, and seem to be extremely nice people. If anyone is in the Southampton area, it's worth making contact with them I'd suggest...

Migrants and the state: An exclusive national family.


'Agnes Woolley examines the implications of the UK Government’s new rules on family migration and argues that if families are the building blocks of a secure and stable nation, then the right to family life must be upheld'

Via https://twitter.com/MigRightsScot

https://twitter.com/APPGMigration tweets :
The deadline for submitting evidence to the Family Migration Inquiry is this Thursday, 31 Jan. Have you submitted? http://www.appgmigration.org.uk/family-inquiry


From Admiral Nelson to Morecambe and Wise: A basic guide to British life for immigrants.


( Yn awr, byddai prawf fywyd ym Mhrydain go iawn yn y Gymraeg. )
Do you know which 9th century Anglo-Saxon monarch defeated the Vikings?


(Clue: Not King Arthur. He defeated the English :) ).

Romanian or Bulgarian? You won't like it here.

'Ministers consider launching negative ad campaign in two countries to persuade potential immigrants to stay away from UK'

How would you put people off Britain? Send us your posters.

What my generation can learn learn from the Holocaust, by Owen Jones.


'We should recall that hatred continues to be fanned against entire peoples, and that man is capable of both wonderful benevolence and unspeakable horrors'

Manchester, Boston, Croydon: what can they contribute to the national conversation on migration?


The regions find their voice.

Migrant Workers North West, mentioned in the article : http://www.migrantworkersnorthwest.org/

Croydon MP Gavin Barwell is also worth following as a more reasonable Tory voice (and also as one involved in the all-important All Party Parliamentary Group on Migration https://twitter.com/APPGMigration ) : https://twitter.com/GavinBarwellMP

Reading: 'International Migration: A Very Short Introduction'
-> http://www.oup.co.uk/academic/series/vsi/vsiguides/migration/

Obama confirms that the regularisation of up to 11 million undocumented migrants will be one of his second term priorities.



The British dream: why Europe's African citizens come to Britain.


Via https://twitter.com/britcits

Free English classes in Surrey for women recently arrived in the UK.


Great dramatisations about undocumented lives based on https://twitter.com/nandosigona 's team's research:


'Kevin Searle’s ‘“Mixing of the unmixables”: the 1949 Causeway Green “riots” in Birmingham’  examines a hitherto unknown landmark in British race relations which throws into question standard accounts of postwar immigration.'


Via https://twitter.com/nandosigona
The UK’s DREAMers? Undocumented children in Britain.


Many of these links via http://www.migrantsrights.org.uk/ regular weekly migration updates (also via https://twitter.com/donflynnmrn and https://twitter.com/janbrulc ) - worth subscribing to.

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