"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.

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Today's links

Chris Mead: Beyond immigration.


In an email sent to me by the man who is a contributor to the Family Immigration Alliance (FIA), he has succinctly stated why he has given in. Embattling pre entry language requirements and the tough toll a long distance marriage was taking on his will power, all to achieve a private family life he is so severely disheartened by immigration proposals, that the years of compliance and quiet misery of rejections had finally reached a tipping point.

The government is so intent on reducing immigration, that they have overlooked the equal reduction in family life that follows. So severe have they been in their approach that it has already been enough to force British people to consider a family life elsewhere.


https://twitter.com/TomBVickers tweets :
Excellent post by https://twitter.com/ncadc scare-mongering & racist pandering from Theresa May on deportation http://ncadc.org.uk/blog/2013/02/the-judges-revolt-and-the-home-offices-assault-on-love/

https://twitter.com/emmabmoussa tweets :
Mother in law upset because she hasn't seen us in 9 months let alone meet her grandson! Thanks UKBA!

Emma and Driss : http://britcits.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/emma-and-driss-i-dont-know-how-anyone.html
“I don’t know how anyone could expect me to be separated from my baby’s daddy ... until I get a job the UKBA agrees with, we miss out on special family moments and our baby misses out on his daddy.”
“My son deserves the best in life I can give him ... I hope I can give him his daddy as his first ever Christmas present.”


Beware the Bulgarian invasion. Excellent blog from young Bulgarian British Roma man.


As a dual national Gypsy, I am often at the receiving end of these people’s ignorance and while I should perhaps pity them, I instead quite despise them. Indeed, it is not their fault that they are the product of the Great British education system which functions only to keep the plebs in their place, but it is their fault that their political standpoints are informed only by the Daily Mail and Facebook memes. Unwilling to exercise their ability to question everything, the gullible instead have become Nigel Farage’s wet dream, with their spongy little brains soaking up every last word he spits from his mouth. 

Via https://twitter.com/MigrantVoiceUK

In Canada too. Failed refugee with terminal cancer faces deportation.


Shawn Pompey receives free care and medications from his oncologist and drug companies, not taxpayers. He has months to live, but CBSA wants to deport him now.

Related : http://britcits.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/the-trials-of-roseline-akhalu-httpwww.html - http://britcits.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/luqman%20onikosi

DC's Indian dating disaster.


The Indian prime minister chose to raise a couple of thorny topics in the no-questions-allowed press conference with David Cameron this afternoon: the Westland bribery case (running very hot on India’s highly competitive news channels) and India’s complaints about UK visas.

UK sources dismissed that as Premier Singh playing to his domestic audience but it wasn’t exactly red carpet stuff.


https://twitter.com/britcits tweets :
https://twitter.com/timesofindia Dont be fooled.Indian cits being used for money,with govt keeping ageing Indian parents from Brit kids


England's 'first refugees'.


Robin Gwynn examines the arrival of Huguenot French to England in the 17th century.

Remembering Jean Rondeau the Huguenot.


This weekend the Huguenots returned to Spitalfields – three hundred years after they originally came from France and Belgium fleeing religious persecution and bringing flair and sophistication to the textile industry that was to occupy this corner of London for subsequent centuries. The occasion of this recent gathering was the dedication of a plaque to Jean Rondeau, Master Silk Weaver and Sexton of Christ Church from 1761-1790, honouring all those Huguenot families who passed through Spitalfields so long ago.


https://twitter.com/si_mcmahon tweets :
Daily Mail(!): family being divided by UK immigration rules, comments section shows readers willing to allow stay

https://twitter.com/jcwinews tweets :
When immigration controls impinge UK citizens' rights, even the Daily Mail gets shirty!

https://twitter.com/freemvntblog tweets :
Anyone know what the current position is with the challenges to the appendix FM rules in the High Court?
Another critique of the new Rules' codification of Article 8.


Izuazu (Article 8 – new rules) Nigeria [2013] UKUT 00045 (IAC)

The Upper Tribunal has concluded that new Immigration Rules do not adequately reflect the Secretary of State's obligations under Article 8 of the ECHR.

This is the second determination of the "fit" between the immigration rules, introduced last year, and the UK's obligations under Article 8 of the Convention. I covered the Upper Tribunal's assessment of the rules in MF (Article 8–new rules) Nigeria [2012] UKUT 00393 (IAC) in a previous post and it will be remembered that the Tribunal held there that the new rules fall short of all Article 8 requirements.


If America is a nation of immigrants, it’s also a nation of immigrants’ husbands, wives, parents and children — and their brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews too.

That could begin to change under legislation being written in the Senate, where the nation’s longstanding emphasis on family-based immigration is coming under scrutiny.



A repeating history of indefinite detention.


What has the United States learned from Japanese internment? Following the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, approximately 120,000 people of Japanese descent were forced from their homes and incarcerated in military-guarded camps from 1942-1946. Although the majority of those interned were US citizens, they were not notified of their charges, nor were they guaranteed the right to a trial.


https://twitter.com/liamdutton tweets :
Another amazing image taken from the Int. Space Stn by @Cmdr_Hadfield as the moon rises above earth -

Dhaka sit-in evokes Tahrir Square spirit.


Shahbag protesters bid farewell to murdered blogger.


Caroline Crutchley : A migrant in Malta.


Carolyn Fish on being a migrant in Japan.


'We are a smiling, hopeless country.'


As Italy prepares for one of its most important elections in decades, Lizzy Davies searches for ordinary people's stories.


Citizens document extreme water pollution in China.



https://twitter.com/Paul_Dillane tweets :
CPJ identifies Eritrea, North Korea, Syria and Iran as worst in 'Most Censored Countries' Index


https://twitter.com/Refugees tweets :
What a story. #Uganda gives the Eritrean football team refugee status. This is why: http://rfg.ee/hQ4p9


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