"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.

Friday 8 March 2013

Friday links
The APPG investigates - again!


A very good summary of the last All Party Parliamentary Group session on the impact of the family migration rules.

More :



Britain’s immigration crackdown | No entry.


How to lose business and alienate potential trade partners.

While Britain ponders a Não Entre sign, other countries are tearing theirs down. Brazilian tourists in America come in such numbers and spend so freely that the US Travel Association, a lobby group, dubs them “walking stimulus packages”. Visiting Brazil last year, Barack Obama held out hope they would soon be able to enter America visa-free. Since then, waiting times for Brazilians seeking American visas have fallen from months to days. Australia and Canada have simplified visa-processing too.

Brazil’s own immigration policy is a tit-for-tat affair. It requires visas for tourists from countries that require them from Brazilians. Last year its border officials started to ask Spanish tourists to prove they had sufficient funds and somewhere to stay, in retaliation for Spain doing the same to Brazilians. After dozens of Spaniards were refused entry, Spain had a change of heart.

And Brazil is prickly about perceived slights to its new status as an economic superpower. Most Brazilian officials and businessmen see stronger links between the two countries as offering greater gains to Britain. If Mrs May keeps pushing, they will shrug and let her throw those benefits away.


https://twitter.com/britcits migrant of day:Sigmund Freud (Austrian).For those with nonEU family "We are never so defenseless against suffering as when we love"

https://twitter.com/sjplep - Astonishing contributions made to UK public life by many members of the Freud family!
http://journal.neilgaiman.com/2009/04/sir-clement-freud.html (remembering http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grimble )


An easy to read guide to free movement in Europe.



Come on Labour, be brave on immigration for once.


Analysis of the electorate's view of immigration, by the anti-racism campaigners Searchlight, the thinktank British Future and others, shows there is a majority for sanity and solidarity out there, which could be coalesced. A quarter of the population are hardline anti-immigrant – some of them racist. But another quarter, essentially Guardian and Economist readers, support multiculturalism. The remaining 50% are up for grabs, but can be won over.


https://twitter.com/gerardhearne tweets :
@bbcquestiontime The EU's population exceeds 500 million, but that doesn't mean they will all go to one country, why on earth would they?


https://twitter.com/alexburrett tweets :
The new family migration rules are driving doctors out of the UK say the BMA


Afghan female boxers' UK visa refusal is 'at odds with Olympic legacy'.

Row sparked by UK Border Agency's refusal for three Afghan boxers to visit Britain as part of International Women's Day.



Brit in Sao Paulo on UK visa controls for Brazilians.


However, getting married by no means made our lives any easier. Most people in the UK assume that if you marry a non-UK resident they automatically receive a passport or some kind of Citizenship, and are generally surprised when they learn that this isn't the case. Three visas, three years and over £3000 later my wife is not even a UK citizen, although she finally received Indefinite Leave to Remain shortly before we moved to Brazil in February 2012.

Via https://twitter.com/MigrantVoiceUK



Feminist coalition.

Via https://twitter.com/cuddyduck20 on Facebook.


Beppe Grillo leads yet another right-wing cult from Italy.

Essay: beneath its populist surface, the Five Star Movement represents more of the same.

Portugal gets the giggles ahead of austerity protests.

Russia's feds using bloggers to investigate bloggers.

Self-immolations energise Bulgarian protests.

Crowdmapping media layoffs in Greece.

Internet post deletion big business in China.

China considers pollution data a state secret.

Domestic violence higher in tsunami zone.


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