"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.

Thursday 25 April 2013

Today's links

My battle with Britain's mean, ineffective immigration system.

‘Controlling immigration’ means being rude to foreigners — as I found out.


I won’t bore you with the intricacies of my immigration tale, but suffice to say it involves several visas, much ping-ponging across the Atlantic, a 36-hour border detention, over £10,000 in fees (legal and governmental), acres of paperwork and absolutely no hate crimes, terrorist activities or benefit applications on my part. The problem is not that I don’t qualify — I do. I have a British son and partner and a long history of legally living and working here off and on over the past ten years. But Britain doesn’t want me, or any new immigrants, at the moment.

I had the opportunity to attend the MRN annual summit today, and spoke briefly about BritCits as well as exchanging ideas and meeting some really interesting people. I'll write more about it at a future date, but face to face events like this really help to move things forward.


https://twitter.com/Sharehoods :
Don't under-estimate the power of stories to build a counter narrative to general media opinion on

London migrant hubs mapped.


We’ve found and mapped 70 community-based organisations dedicated to assisting migrants old and new.

Two years after Prime Minister David Cameron first set out his position on immigration, Channel 4 News asks four newcomers to Britain how life has changed for them.


https://twitter.com/BritCits immigrant of the day:

https://twitter.com/curtisosano , Kenyan footballer for @AFCWimbledon.Moved to England at 9 when dad joined British army

Evidence and values - the UK migration debate 2011-2013.


In the two years since the Migration Observatory was launched in March 2011, immigration policy has consistently been a major issue for the UK’s policy makers, media and public. The coalition government has made a series of significant policy changes aimed at reducing net migration, among other goals, while migration continues to be among the most important issues on the agenda according to public opinion polls and is extensively covered in the news media.


JCWI is delighted to host Into The Fire on our website. We are co-hosting three public screenings of the film, to which you are warmly invited. Each screening will also have a Q&A with one of the film makers and a guest speaker


Bradford Muslims rally to save synagogue from closure.


Man found dead on London street 'was probably stowaway who fell from plane'.


Africans in Roman Britain.


Academics want to shed light on how diverse the country was dating as far back as the 4th Century.

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