"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.

Sunday 7 April 2013

Fog in Channel, continent cut off

https://twitter.com/The_UK_Migrant tweets :
1700 signatories. Now sign & tell TheresaMay that this #familyvisanightmare is not in your name

There seems to be something of a misconception out in Twitter-land that the UK's immigration rules are more open than other developed countries, like Japan.
This is a myth. Read this man's experience of getting a spouse visa in Japan :

You will not see 1/ an income requirement which prevents half or more of the population bringing in a spouse ( http://www.migrationobservatory.ox.ac.uk/press-releases/women-young-people-and-non-londoners-are-most-affected-changes-family-migration-polic ) 2/ a Japanese language test requirement set to B1 level (the same level required to study at HND, or associate's degree, level), or 3/ a 'life in Japan' general knowledge/history test.
Also 4/ the foreign spouse's job can be taken into account.

An example form is here : http://www.atlanta.us.emb-japan.go.jp/SpouseVisa.pdf

Of course this all begs the question - what if Japan retaliates? What if the US, Canada, Australia retaliate?

What if Europe closes its borders to British expats? (Remember the old headling - 'Fog in Channel, continent cut off'?? http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-01-24/fog-in-channel-cameron-cut-off.html )

The UK would become a very isolated, backwards kind of place. A poor place, in every meaning of the word.

https://twitter.com/BritCits immigrant of the day :
@jamescaan, born in Pakistan, grew up in brick Lane from age 2 to become part of elite Dragons Den

https://twitter.com/NickMalkoutzis tweets :
Gangs exploit migrants on way to #Greece. Gangs exploit Greeks emigrating to #Germany. Wonderful world we've created

Human trafficking victims tell of drug factory ordeal.

https://twitter.com/alexburrett tweets :
British born citizen sacked by Asda for refusing to prove he wasn't an Illegal #Immigrant after 13 years service

https://twitter.com/gerardhearne tweets :
'we are determined to fight prejudice and discrmination wherever it exists - if we do not deliver - vote us out in five years' OK, will do !

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