"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.

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

What are the consequences of minimum income requirement for family migrants in the UK?


A new minimum income requirement for UK citizen to sponsor a non-EEA spouse, partner and child to live with them in the UK came into force in July 2012. Emerging evidence on the new rules suggests that this have impacted on a wide range of people. Those who cannot meet the minimum income requirement are being forced to relocate, make significant sacrifices to meet the threshold or face indefinite separation from family members.

BritCits meetups scheduled London and Glasgow.

Please attend to share stories & ideas.


This evening, a good meeting with good people : https://twitter.com/LondonChurches - in Westminster Central Methodist Hall, which also hosted the first meeting of the UN General Assembly in 1946 - talking about immigration, divided families, health, the law and the awful billboard vans.
With https://twitter.com/EiriOhtani and https://twitter.com/ZrileB

I urge you to follow and contribute to Migrants and the NHS :


The Government consultation on charging for NHS care has now been launched and you can find all the associated documentation and response portal here.  Running along side this is a Home Office consultation entitled ‘Controlling Immigration – Regulating Migrant Access to Health Services in the UK‘.  The Department of health have said that they will transfer relevant responses from their consultation to the Home Office consultation but if you can fill in both that would be best.  If you are based in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland the Home Office consultation is the best one to respond to.

The consultation will run until August 28th, and is into “migrants’ access and financial contribution to the NHS”. Among other things it proposes ending “free access to primary care for all visitors and tourists” and introducing “more practical and easier ways for the NHS to identify whether someone is not eligible for free healthcare”.

This consultation needs a strong response on public health, economic and humane grounds. What is being proposed could also radically affect the health professionals relationship with their patients.


https://twitter.com/hey_preston :
Who in their right mind deliberately separates a husband and wife? Or a mother/father from their children?

UK Border Agency accused of deporting victims of Female Genital Mutilation.


Two women facing deportation by the UK Border Agency to Sierra Leone and The Gambia are at risk of persecution in their home countries because they refuse to carry out Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), according to a human rights group.

Campaign group Movement for Justice by Any Means Necessary (MFJ) will hold a demonstration in support of Josephine Komeh and Maimuna Jawo outside the Home Office in Westminster, central London, from 12pm-1pm on Tuesday.

https://twitter.com/EiriOhtani :
Have you texted 78070 to protest against the Home Office's #GoHome billboards in London? I am still waiting a call back. #nooneisillegal

https://twitter.com/BritCits :
BritCits member to via sms:I saw billboard warning offering to send me home.I must come clean.Im here illegally.Im from Hawaii

https://twitter.com/migrants_rights :
@RefugeeAction put out a statement on the Home Office #GoHome ad, which is separate from their Choices programme

Spotted on Facebook :

From the Jewish Museum in London.

It is a letter written in 1926 to the Home Office, by someone in London who wants to bring in their (Jewish) sister in law from Poland.

It states that they have permission to be in the UK, and will be providing accommodation for the family member, and that they will be responsible for maintenance and upkeep while they are in the country, and that they will be sure the sister in law does not 'fall a burden on any charity, or become a public charge.'

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