"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 5 June 2013

Today's links

https://www.facebook.com/migrantsrights :
We are looking for individuals who have been affected by the family migration rules and would want to tell their story to a journalist. Drop us an email on info@migrantsrights.org.uk with your details and a phone number.

MRN is a fantastic group that is providing leadership and legwork in the divided families campaign. Get in touch with them if you are affected!

https://twitter.com/BritCits tweets :
More likely to find an immigrant treating you than waiting to be seen


https://twitter.com/Helen_Barnard tweets :
Migrants place disproportionately small burden on health services: UKBA report http://buff.ly/11f3ZpG

Auction off immigration visas say Tory MPs.


Gove suggested selling passport for 10k. I think possibly cheaper in long run than present fees!

Via https://twitter.com/APPGMigration

https://twitter.com/mobilitymuse tweets :
Conservative MPs propose a Market-Based #Immigration System - but isn't one already effectively in place?

This throws up interesting possibilities. In fact it might make some people might throw up. But it is pretty much an extension of the current trend of immigration policy to encourage “the brightest and the best [ie richest]” to come to the UK.

If you haven’t already, watch The Gate of Heavenly Peace, directed by Richard Gordon and Carma Hinton, with writing by Geremie Barmé and John Crowley. The three-hour documentary was released in 1995 to rave reviews — “the atmosphere of the Beijing Spring is conveyed beautifully in all its pathos, drama, hope, craziness, poetry, and violence,” wrote Ian Buruma; “a hard-headed critical analysis of a youthful protest movement that failed,” wrote The New York Times – and remains the best film ever made about the June Fourth Incident.


https://twitter.com/19pst tweets :
Mass immigration was grave concern 3,000 years ago, for Bronze Age Britons!

https://twitter.com/19pst tweets :
Truly excellent blog: how the European Convention on Human Rights matters. And the Brits behind it!

Extreme anti-immigrant groups spread throughout Europe.


By exploiting the fears of the well to do of the risks of a social explosion, the radicalization of middle classes destroyed by the crisis and sweeping austerity measures as well as the despair of marginalized and impoverished unemployed people, extreme right and most of all neo-Nazi and neo-fascist forces are growing everywhere in Europe. They are gaining mass influence in the poorer layers of society turning this influence systematically against traditional and newer scapegoats (immigrants, Muslims, Jews, LGBT, disabled people,…) as well as against left wing organizations and trade unions.

Amateur footage shows an Islamic centre in Muswell Hill, north London ablaze in the early hours of Wednesday morning.


https://twitter.com/LeeJasper tweets :

While the #EDL buns down Mosques we are busy building united communities.

I wonder if the #EDL terrorist cell simply misread Muswell as Muslim ? #RacistaAreUsuallyThick


https://twitter.com/MigrantVoiceUK tweets :
Another take on what Bercow said.RT Immigrants 'Work Harder Than The British' http://huff.to/1b3lyhZ 

Afghan interpreters' UK resettlement package 'completely inadequate'.

Package announced by defence secretary Philip Hammond attacked for exposing those left behind to Taliban attack.


Tighter rules for student visas could cost UK £2.4bn in a decade – study.


https://twitter.com/LetMeVote_UK tweets :
Great piece about the history of the Polish contribution to Bletchley Park. #fascinating

Turkey: A social media chronology of Occupy Gezi.


Alexander Litvinenko: coroner urges public inquiry into death.


Nearly 1.4m people travel between UK, Pakistan every year.


Rowntree Foundation: Detecting and tackling forced labour in Europe.


June is Gypsy Roma Traveller Month.


How do you re-build an education system destroyed by a disaster? The OECD's Andreas Schleicher describes the efforts in Japan, two years after the nuclear accident in Fukushima.


Erected just two years ago a Spanish Monument to the International Brigades has been ordered to be pulled down.
The lawyer who lodged the complaint stated "There is nothing to celebrate, and especially not in a public space devoted to education."
Amid scars of past conflict the Spanish far right is growing.


Spoken word poet Hollie McNish spells out what’s wrong with most of the arguments used against immigration. She cites as her inspiration a book by economist Philippe Legrain called Immigrants: Your Country Needs Them.


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