"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.

Sunday 17 February 2013

William & Noriko

“We want to raise our baby together, in a country where the culture and language are not going to damage my career as I need to financially support my family.”

William is a British citizen, married to Noriko, who is Japanese.

They live together in Scotland. They have a baby together, but Noriko’s visa expires in April 2013, raising uncertainty and marking the pure joy they should feel at their new arrival.

William is a commis chef, on his way to furthering his career as a chef. At this stage of his career, it is not possible to earn £18,600, despite working really hard and putting in about 50 hours a week.

They face two choices :
- Exile from the UK to go live together in Japan, but face worries over career, money and family. The language and culture are so different from the UK that William will find it difficult make progress in his career.
- Break up their family.

Both William and Noriko believe parents should be together to give their baby the best upbringing. And so do we.

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