"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 12 April 2013


Immigration Minister Mark Harper has announced that individuals seeking British naturalisation or settlement will be required to hold English language qualifications as well as passing the Life in the UK test (LITUK).

From 28th October 2013, applicants must prove they possess an appropriate level of conversational English (B1 intermediate) as well as passing the LITUK test in order to satisfy the Knowledge of Language and Life requirement.


Relevant commentary :

https://twitter.com/emmabmoussa tweets :
Hit 5 months now waiting for UKBA decision, uncle died in morocco and no chance of going to the funeral :-( 


Into the fire - refugees and migrants in Greece.


JCWI are working alongside video activists from Reel News to help gain the widest audience possible for their new film Into The Fire. The film is thoughtfully made and brilliantly put together but makes, in places, for somewhat uncomfortable viewing.

Things are bleak in Greece at the moment. The vicious austerity measures are ripping up people’s lives, denying people a pension, heating, food and security. The reaction seems to be going in two directions, there is a strong feeling of solidarity with communal kitchens and medical care provided by those who can and there is the growth of progressive parties such as Syriza. But there is also a nasty backlash against the more vulnerable people there – refugees and immigrants.


https://twitter.com/BritCits tweets :
@facebook 's @MarkZuckerbergF lobbies for #immigration reform in USA,highlighting value of science grads. @ukhomeoffice does opposite.

https://twitter.com/APPGMigration tweets :
Tory MP Dominic Raab says Thatcher "nurtured the flicker of aspiration" for refugees like his father #Thatcher

https://twitter.com/FullFact tweets :
Foreigners have been accused of running up a huge NHS bill. Full Fact inspects the balance books.

https://twitter.com/freemvntblog tweets :
Court of Appeal quashes Sudanese asylum-seeker's conviction for entering UK w/o a passport:

https://twitter.com/freemvntblog tweets :
Reducing migrants' access to GPs increases amount of disease within population and drives up admissions to A&E:

Zuckerberg and Silicon Valley leaders launch immigration reform group.


https://twitter.com/BritCits immigrants of the day :
#Immigrants of day: Beatles McCartney, Harrison & Lennon all have Irish ancestry, supported by significant Irish population in #Liverpool

Neil Sedaka's 'The Immigrant', written because of Lennon's immigration issues in the USA :

https://twitter.com/HenryBTam tweets :
Brits go abroad & find 'natives'; when others come to Britain, they are 'aliens'. But actually we're all neighbours in a shared world

https://twitter.com/19pst tweets :
Bishop of London in his sermon: "Like many true born Brits, I am in fact a mongrel"... "all were once strangers and pilgrims in the land"

https://twitter.com/libdemvoice tweets :
Eric Avebury writes ... Let’s outlaw caste discrimination

https://twitter.com/TeaLeafNation tweets :
Why So Many of China's Rich Still Have Emigration on Their Minds

https://twitter.com/COMPAS_oxford tweets :
borders sub-divide humanity as a whole. Borders cross everyone, even those who never cross a border. #OxChi N de Genova

https://twitter.com/jdportes tweets :
"The Poles working in Britain are part of Thatcher's legacy". Spot on analysis of "liberalism" by @alexmassie

Deaf Arizona family torn apart by immigration raid.


https://twitter.com/BishopDudley tweets :
Suddenly overwhelmed by the many I've known who deserved a ceremonial funeral. Unglamorous lives of service to needy, community & nation.

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