"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.

Saturday, 16 March 2013

Saturday morning links

Best interest of the child: Children applying under the new immigration rules (post July 2012).
 A good article by a solicitor dealing with the impact of the rules post July 2012.


It remains to be seen how the Secretary of State will address what can only be described as the uncertainty surrounding the future of the family life of children who are subjected to the new rules. If the rules are not met by a child but a grant of leave is made outside the rules, the period of uncertainty will be longer still as it will be 10 years rather than five before an application can be made for settlement.


https://twitter.com/nandosigona tweets :
Excellent video by & on the experience of maternity for asylum seeking mothers:


Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey: The Syrian refugees at Europe's gateway.


Must-read - gripping.

Following his encounter with the border police on River Evros in Greece, Farouk went back to his smuggler, who sent him to the Aegean Sea. He was packed into a large wooden boat bound for Italy with more than 100 other people. Very soon they lost control of the boat, and could do little as it spun in the middle of the ocean between Turkey and Greece.  “After three or four hours people started to throw up,” he said. “There was a problem inside the boat, the water started to enter. Everyone was scared and thinking about dying. We had suffered too much.”


Migration is development.


It has been with us since the dawn of mankind, and its economic impact today is massive. Migrant remittances exceed the value of all overseas development aid combined, to say nothing of the taxes that migrants pay, the investments they make, and the trade they stimulate.

https://twitter.com/patelsmie tweets : There is no greater symbol of the world’s growing #interdependence than the movement of people.


Two African immigrants found dead in Egypt.


Police suspect the men were murdered over a dispute with human traffickers who are known to operate in the area.


Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit is on Twitter : https://twitter.com/gmiau_northwest


Council of Europe Commissioner: Anti-migrant trends in Europe must be turned around.



Ahmad's story.



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