"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.

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Today's links

https://twitter.com/migrants_rights tweets :

These are the three cases in Birmingham today on the family migration income threshold: http://www.justice.gov.uk/courts/court-lists/list-birmingham .


Family unity - the European way.


Reflections on family unity by our friend and colleague Chris Mead of the Family Immigration Alliance http://familyimmigrationalliance.wordpress.com/ .

It must be no surprise to the UKBA and immigration observers that since the July changes to family migration, sponsors and applicants for family visas have sought alternative routes to legitimately enter the UK. As European citizens, British sponsors’ attention has been drawn increasingly towards the ‘EEA Family permit’ as the long way round to achieving a family life in the UK...


Promise of visa-free EU travel prompts influx of Chinese to Cyprus.

Securing permanent residence in EU country is major attraction for Chinese property buyers in city of Pafos


Another critique of the new Immigration Rules' codification of Article 8.


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.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Article_8_of_the_European_Convention_on_Human_Rights : Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights provides a right to respect for one's "private and family life, his home and his correspondence", subject to certain restrictions that are "in accordance with law" and "necessary in a democratic society".

https://twitter.com/migrants_rights tweets :
Real roots of multicultural London English http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/davehillblog/2013/feb/06/paul-kerswill-multicultural-london-english?CMP=twt_gu

RuNet freedom, a pirate's revenge.


Amid brazen attempts to censor the RuNet, one group is fighting back. On February 4, the Pirate Party of Russia has announced a new specialized internet hosting service, called the PirateHost, created in retaliation to attacks on Russian internet freedoms.

Anti-Japan education in China.


Cecilia Miao translated a netizen story about the encounter of a Japanese and Chinese children in her family and reflect upon how the nationalistic education has affected the Chinese children in everyday interaction.

Aisha's story.


“My family became extremely aggressive. I was forcibly confined to the house and was physically assaulted almost every day with abusive language. My elder brother threatened to force my daughter into marriage. Locked in a room, I was held against my will and my brother said he would kill me and never allow me to live independently as I was bringing shame to our family name, culture and religion.”

Winter Olympics: Human Rights Watch report on migrant labour abuse at Sochi - video.


Once upon a time in Afghanistan.


‘Given the images people see on TV, many conclude Afghanistan never made it out of the Middle Ages. But that is not the Afghanistan I remember. I grew up in Kabul in the 1950s and ’60s. Stirred by the fact that news portrayals of the country’s history didn’t mesh with my own memories, I wanted to discover the truth.

‘Remembering Afghanistan’s hopeful past only makes its present misery seem more tragic. But it is important to know that disorder, terrorism, and violence against schools that educate girls are not inevitable. I want to show Afghanistan’s youth of today how their parents and grandparents really lived.’

- Mohammad Qayoumi

Tohoku Revival Calendar.


Lovely Facebook page set up after the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2011_T%C5%8Dhoku_earthquake_and_tsunami

Canada should strip its dual citizens of their passports if they commit an act of terror abroad, the country's immigration minister has said.


After Myanmar violence, almost 6,000 Rohingyas arrive in Thailand.


The UK is failing in its duty to protect vulnerable asylum seekers.


Via https://twitter.com/MigrantVoiceUK - 9 child #asylumseekers tell their story about coming to the UK & adapting to new country:


Some great migrant-related events in London listed here thanks to https://twitter.com/MigrantVoiceUK :


Oxford professor urges UK government to cut immigration red tape.


An Oxford professor of economics has written an open letter to the UK's Prime Minister, David Cameron, advising him to make immigration to the UK easier in order to improve the economy.
Professor Robert Hahn, a professor of economics at Oxford University, says that the UK government should pursue a three-point reform of the UK immigration regime which would revitalise the UK's economy.


Migrants welcome here.


Anna Fifield on today’s FT writes an interesting piece on the proactive approach taken by cities like Baltimore and Dayton in US to attract more migrants to settle. This comes from the recognition that migrants, irrespective of their legal status, bring a new lease of life to ailing cities.

Romanians reply to the British Government Negative Ad Campaign.


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