"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.

Monday 22 July 2013

Upcoming BritCits London meetup, Royal Festival Hall, Sunday 4th August : http://www.meetup.com/BritCits/

Time to plan next steps and just show solidarity. Be there if you can be.

Hope for families divided by income threshold.


Following the adjournment application being considered and refused, the hearing proceeded and was allowed on the spot.  My clients and I were indeed very grateful to the guidance set in MM (summarised here http://www.freemovement.org.uk/2013/07/05/high-court-finds-minimum-income-rules-disproportionate-and-unjustified/ on Free Movement) and this case presented a straight forward example of how to apply Mr Justice Blake’s guidance.  As mentioned above, the couple were minimally short of the £18,600 and well over the minimum wage annual income of just over £13,000.  Importantly the sponsor was also a British citizen.


Roma immigrants help clear up Derby's streets.

Being Romanian – or British – doesn't protect ethnic minorities from discrimination.


Anti-discrimination and equality legislation has been passed in the UK and across the world to ensure the promise of democracy is a reality for disadvantaged groups. In particular, anti-racist and migrant rights organisations have highlighted and worked to challenge how ethnic minorities have been denied full participation in democratic societies, including in Europe.

Among other institutions, the criminal justice system has often been unable to treat ethnic minorities justly, with cases such as Stephen Lawrence and Trayvon Martin reminding us of the continuing effects of racism, while the practice of Stop and Search disproportionately affects Black and minority ethnic people.

Across Europe, the Roma are particularly vulnerable to such abuse. Perhaps unsurprisingly, this has led to a specific European strategy to improve the lives of Roma across the continent. Romania is only one of the countries that European Roma Rights centre views as failing to treat Roma equally and fairly, highlighting what is calls ‘the Romanian State’s failure to comply with several European Court of Human Rights judgments against Romania in cases of anti-Roma pogroms'.


https://twitter.com/MigrantVoiceUK :
The world we live in RT“@erinluhmann: This 100-year-old refugee tells me her story:

Release of footage of distressed asylum seekers angers advocates.

Immigration department releases pictures showing refugees after they were told they would not be able to settle in Australia.


Documenting the Roma people for Amnesty International.


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