In May 2010, a couple of internet savvy people initiated what was to become one of the most consistently refreshing facebook groups around, I Love Immigrants. Since then there have been around 800 Immigrants of the Day, each one chosen to spotlight further the positive role played by immigrants in the UK. The Immigrant of the Day is always someone in the public eye, avoiding the need to produce copy each day, providing a link to either the lucky person’s Wikipedia page or some other official website.
We asked the founders to explain their plan.
The Life in the UK test looks likely to change with each government as they try to mould the minds of the few people that jump through all the hoops and apply for citizenship or settlement in the UK in their ideal way.
So, half way through this Parliament, the Coalition Government has rewritten the test, giving us one that portrays Margaret Thatcher in a much more favourable light than previously. We can't imagine many people would exactly get worked up about Tony Blair’s reputation getting a drubbing. Given the nature of the coalition it is remarkable that we don’t get a glowing review of Mrs Thatcher, coupled with a line or two about Paddy Ashdown being an OK politician and a war hero, just to keep the junior partners happy.
Regular readers of this blog won’t need to have been blessed with the sharpest observational skills to notice our passion for family unity. Our key campaign is centred on cross-border couples who are partly rooted in the UK. JCWI views immigration policy and law from a human rights based starting point, and the right to family life is enshrined in the UN Declaration of Human Rights and, of course, The European Convention on Human Rights.
In a country which seems fixated with immigration figures, and the arguments over benefits and burdens of immigration, perhaps it is worth using today, International Migrants Day, to take a step back, look at the global picture and get a better more informed perspective on the discussions that have dominated the year in the immigration sector in the UK.
As Ban Ki Moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations points out, there are more than 214 million people on the move in the world. Just a tiny number of them come to the UK.
In February this year we sent our submission to Lord Justice Leveson outlining our experience and concerns regarding the press coverage of Asylum and Immigration.
Looking at the section of Leveson starting on page 668 (in volume II) the report gives much to appreciate in its understanding of the coverage of Ethnic minorities, immigrants and asylum seekers. Unfortunately this section is getting somewhat less coverage in the media than many others, it deserves a far higher priority.
Here is the talk given at JCWI's AGM on 26 November 2012 by Raza Husain QC (Matrix Chambers) on Legal Challenges to the Family Immigration rule changes of July 2012. Other speeches from the seminar will be publuished in due course.
Sound quality is good, excepting the bits of whispering that occur just in the first minute, but you can hear the whole speech!
Guest post by Matt Carr. Matt is a writer and a journalist. His latest book Fortress Europe - Dispatches from a Gated Continent is published by Hurst, and comes with an enthusiastic recommendation from JCWI.
Undocumented migrants occupy a precarious position on the fringes of European society even at the best of times. Since the 2008 financial crisis however, European governments have embarked on a new drive to prevent migrants from coming to their countries and remove those who have succeeded.
There is a fear amongst Universities and Colleges that their Highly Trusted Sponsor status may be threatened as London Metropolitan University's has been. This is manifested in panic stricken measures which are having an adverse impact on students and the institutions they study at.
Guest post by Daniel Stevens. Daniel is the NUS International Students' Officer.
Guest Post. Yana is suffering from the family immigration rule changes introduced in July this year. We asked her for her story...
We have a wide and varied circle of international friends here in Edinburgh. There is Patrick from Ireland married to Jing from China, Andy a Scot married to Katarina from Poland, Jose from Spain married to Lisa from Argentina and Mike from Netherlands married to Olga from Russia. Then there is me and John, both British citizens.
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