"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.

Sunday 10 November 2013

Sunday links roundup

Are you in a sham marriage?


Border Agency officials ruined a wedding last week, but maybe we should all take their test…

9 Was your recessional music
a) Something classical?
b) Written especially for you by a pop star?
c) The theme tune from Green Card?


Jews in Britain sound the alarm about rising hostility towards migrants, asylum seekers, Gypsies and travellers.


...75 years after Kristallnacht, racists and fascists inspired by the Nazis continue to attack minorities in Europe. In Hungary neo-fascists target Gypsies and Jews. In Greece Golden Dawn members and supporters brutally attack migrants and political opponents. Here in Britain, minority communities, especially Muslims, have been targeted in an atmosphere that is increasingly hostile towards migrants and refugees.

The Daily Mail on immigration in the 1930s : https://twitter.com/eurocrat/status/383958584843067392

Kristallnacht, 75 years :

Economist: Britain's brightest future is as an open, liberal, trading nation, engaged with the world.


Britain could emerge from all this smaller, more inward-looking and with less clout in the world (and, possibly, with its politics fractured). Or it could become more efficient, surer of its identity and its place in Europe and more outward-looking. Call them the Little England and Great Britain scenarios.


Home Office still failing to get to grips with backlogs.


Full scale of border failings revealed.


The failed UK Border Agency has left a massive backlog of cases that will take five years to clear, a new report by MPs reveals.

Home Office blunders criticised.


Previously... : http://britcits.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/the-trials-of-roseline-akhalu-httpwww.html

'Such was the inefficiency of this operation that at one point over 150 boxes of post, including correspondence from applicants, MPs and their legal representatives lay unopened in a room in Liverpool.'

UK Border Agency has backlog dating back 10 years, inspector finds :

Guardian: The dreaded flood of Romanian migrants isn't going to happen.


Obstacle to better life: anti-Roma sentiment in France. Karina's story.


Karina is 30 year old, but looks like 16. She came to France in 2010, from Galati, a town situated in eastern Romania. This was the first time she saw this country, in which she was looking for a better life: a better paid job and a better situation. However, this was not as easy as she was expecting it to be. As she walks on the street or sits in the metro, the people pull their bags away from her. Many times the police stopped her to ask her what she is doing, even though she is doing nothing suspicious. 

HuffPo: The Daily Express's latest campaign flirts with Fascism.


The most recent front-pages from the Daily Express demonstrates their retreat from reality into the realm of myth. Last week, their front-page read, 'Britain Is Full and Fed Up' and their response was to launch a 'crusade' to stop a 'flood' of Romanian and Bulgarian migrants from entering the country next year. 

Pictures from 'stop sponging off migrants' demo outside the Express offices :


Immigration Insight : Weekend roundup.


Twitter : https://twitter.com/Immigration_In

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