"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.

Monday 11 March 2013

Monday links

Parliamentary inquiry on family migration - Update and next steps.


Both sessions were extremely well-attended by people from across the country - many part of the online BritCits group - who have been directly affected by the rules. It was very powerful to hear both personal accounts from those affected, as well as analysis from policy organisations and lawyers about the issues which have arisen from the rule changes.


Guidelines of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on child friendly justice, paragraph 46 : 'The right to be heard is a right of the child, not a duty on the child.'


Indeed it is. http://www.britcits.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/children


EEA nationals and their family members : General guidance.


Useful for those considering the European route to family unity! http://britcits.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/europe

Although not correspondence as such, it's a useful piece of reference material so I've uploaded a copy to our 'comms' page on Scribd ( http://www.scribd.com/sjplep/documents, or follow the 'Correspondence' link under 'About Us' over on the right of this page --> ):

Also uploaded for reference - the original Statement of Intent on family migration, June 2012. This contains some vital information which has already proved invaluable as reference for a few people :

Original URLs are in the descriptions of both documents.

More on a story we posted about yesterday.


Australian actress Ebony Buckle denied permission to live in UK.

...Ebony even has some high-level backing for her case. Senior civil servant Sir Alex Allan, former chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee and a long-standing family friend, said: “Ebony is an asset to the UK, fully able to support herself and happily married to a British national. It is tragic that unthinking application of the new rules is keeping them apart.”

These unjust rules affect people like youhttp://britcits.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/storieshttp://www.opendemocracy.net/5050/nando-sigona/uk-migration-policy-we-need-to-talk-about-citizens

Family migration rules drive doctors out of UK.


Doctors who have kept the NHS going are leaving the UK to care for ageing parents overseas due to immigration rule changes, the BMA has warned.

BMA director of professional activities Vivienne Nathanson told the all-party parliamentary group on migration that the BMA had already heard from members who had left the UK because of changes to family migration rules.

Dr Nathanson cited consultant forensic psychiatrist Tejpal Singh, who relocated to Singapore from England, so she could be with her parents. She said Dr Singh had completed her training in the UK and had been actively involved in training medical students and junior doctors, in a shortage specialty where jobs remained unfilled.

https://twitter.com/britcits tweets :
Ill-thought through #immigration rules prove disaster for British citizens and @NHSChoices :(


https://twitter.com/gerardhearne :
Married 398 days, 44 together, satisfy ALL rules, my wife still waiting in #settlementvisanightmare .

Gerard's story : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-21170495

https://twitter.com/britcits #migrant of day: Anish Kapoor, born in India, moved to UK in 1973 and designed the now world famous London 2012 Olympics Tower.


Legal aid cuts force closure of almost a third of Shelter offices.

Cuts an 'assault on family life' as British Red Cross culls expert advice and while Citizen Advice bureaux make staff redundant.



Letters: People's Assembly against austerity.



Strasbourg stresses, presidential pronouncements and Abu Qatada returns – the human rights roundup.



Toughest place to be a cabbie.


Seen on Facebook :
I watched this programme last night. People from Utter Pradesh had migrated to Mumbai and were driving taxis. The local government were blaming them for all the ills and for taking jobs and putting stress on housing etc etc. So the locals were attacking the taxi drivers. Sounded sooo familiar - blame the migrants!


IMMIGRATION has fallen after people finally bothered to find out what Britain is actually like.


For decades thousands arrived filled with optimism, only to turn on their televisions and immediately start weeping into their Pot Noodles.

But now internet-savvy would-be immigrants from eastern Europe, Asia and Africa are changing their travel plans after spending an average of just four minutes online...

Via https://twitter.com/JCWInews - Whenever working for immigrants' welfare gets a little tough, just turn to this and smile.


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