"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 16 January 2014

Upcoming meetups on Adult Dependant Relatives

BritCits and JCWI are holding meetings around the country to discuss the adult dependant rules.

The aim is to share information and see how we can work together to amend what is seen as a ban masquerading as a rule, so that we can look after our family - parents, grandparents etc.

This is a JCWI led initiative and we are lucky they have been successful in obtaining funding for the undertaking of allowing this research.

Also discussed will be the Surinder Singh route - what it is and our experience of it.

Manchester, 23rd January : http://www.meetup.com/BritCits/events/155743262/

Harrow, 30th January : http://www.meetup.com/BritCits/events/155743442/

Birmingham, 6th February : http://www.meetup.com/BritCits/events/155743532/

Edinburgh, 20th February  : http://www.meetup.com/BritCits/events/155743672/

East London, 27th February : http://www.meetup.com/BritCits/events/155743812/


  1. No meetings in Ireland? Most of us are in exile.

    1. Interesting idea to have a meetup in Ireland.

      This particular initiative is being funded for campaigns in Britain, on the adult dependant relative issue. A meetup in Ireland would be out of scope, I'd suspect. It also boils down to money, time and resources. Travel and overnight stays cost money; they also cost time as some of the people involved have full-time jobs which have nothing to do with immigration, therefore can't easily get the time off work. And resources... there aren't -that- many people campaigning on the issue. While I know a lot of people are in exile, I sincerely doubt that it's most, i.e. more than 50% of those affected.

      I do very much encourage you to take the initiative here and look to organise something in Ireland. I think it'd be great to see self-supporting groups springing up there. This isn't something I or others for instance could get involved in organising (I live in London; I have a job which doesn't allow me to take a lot of time off to travel; I also have my own family; this is an example of limited resources, especially in terms of time). So I think maybe those already in Ireland might want to think about organising their own campaign there.

      Best of luck if you do decide to drive it!