"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.

Wednesday 1 May 2013

Today's links from respected and reliable sources

https://twitter.com/MigObs (respected and reliable) tweets :
@sun_politics uses our migration/ethnicity briefing http://ow.ly/kB8Hu  our piece http://ow.ly/kB8Lx

https://twitter.com/donflynnmrn (always excellent) tweets :
Here's a surprise - The Sun quotes MRN's views on the UK's ethnic mix come 2050

https://twitter.com/migrants_rights (always excellent) tweets :
Our comment on the @MigObs paper printed in today's Sun.
Simply put, ethnic diversity isn't a problem!

The chart shows that international families are on the rise. It's a global future, and it's here. Embrace it!



Where do you belong in Europe? Fun quiz.


Jag är svenska.


https://twitter.com/BritCits tweets :
Another politician legacy of #immigration: https://twitter.com/hilarybennmp with American mum.Very sweet proposal aftermath for parents.

https://twitter.com/BritCits immigrant of the day :
Violinist Vanessa-Mae born Singapore: dad hotelier of Thai descent, mum Chinese lawyer/pianist.

From JCWI :
Monday’s public premiere of Into The Fire was a resounding success. A packed lecture theatre in the School of Oriental and African Studies watched the film and hear from the film makers Guy Smallman and Kate Mara, Habib Rahman, Chief Exec of JCWI and one of the refugees featured in the film.



Greetings to the Preston North End fans finding this place for the first time...!


https://twitter.com/freemvntblog tweets :
Ah, the feeling of explaining to a family their appeal has been allowed and they will be recognise as refugees… and it's a sunny day too.


https://twitter.com/lassnleeds tweets :
The immigration debate: the facts, the rhetoric and the voices. Migrant Voice conference. Free. May 10th and 11th

https://twitter.com/Kalayaan tweets :
Hope of a migrant, in spite of everything:

Looking back nineteen years, I don’t even know if I made the right decision in leaving the Philippines to become a migrant domestic worker. All I know is that I had to find a way out to keep my children alive in the hope of a better life and future. As a mother I couldn’t bear to see my children crying of hunger and with nothing to eat. I couldn’t bear to see them sleeping on the floor and to see them in pain with no medicine. I couldn’t bear the drips of rain inside the house which was made of pieces of cardboard and wood; and which we called home. Most of all I couldn’t bear the pain of not knowing what kind of future awaited my children.

During the years of painful forced separation that followed, I experienced the terrible torture of living miles away from my children and of not being able to be part of their growing-up. This torture, and the countless struggles and failed attempts to reunite with them, defined my first years as a migrant domestic worker in Britain. Throughout this time I never lost hope that one day we would be together again....


https://twitter.com/turbotastical tweets :
Finally heard back from #UKBA Complaints. Why did I even bother with them? More inaptitude and uselessness.

https://twitter.com/19pst tweets :
Learn about Jewish Bakers Union in challah baking workshop? What's not to like!

https://twitter.com/susiesymes1 tweets :
A UK that refuses asylum to Afghani interpreters is not the UK my family struggled to reach, and fought to protect.

https://twitter.com/joefd tweets :
Article from @BritishRedCross CEO on the impact of legal aid cuts on refugee families

https://twitter.com/y_alibhai tweets :
Had UKIP been in charge when we Ugandan Asians came to the UK, Mr Patel, father of Tory Priti would have never got in. Shameful and stupid

https://twitter.com/GuidoTallman tweets :
Priti Patel's Dad stands as UKIP candidate? What is WRONG with that family?


  1. Can anyone give me advice on how or will this even work if my American boyfriend and I are not married? I live in Northern Ireland and am not sure if I can exercise my treaty rights over the border in the Republic? I have an Irish passport? We have been talking about going to Spain in Jan as we both speak Spanish. Is Spain more difficult to work with than Rep of Ireland? Any advice would be so appreciated. My boyfriend and I have known each other since 2000 but have gotten very serious in the past 18months.
    Thanks in advance for any help through this maze!!

    1. Hi Maria -

      We're not able to give specific advice, but it's no secret that Spain has very serious economic problems right now.

      In terms of your boyfriend - This question has come up before on the Facebook forum 'EU free movement directive 2004/38/C', which has many members in similar situations. To gain from
      their experience, my best advice would be to sign up and ask the question there.

      The group is here : https://www.facebook.com/groups/477537505627291/