This is a guest post by Brett, a British citizen from Australia living and working in the UK.
Consider someone in the following scenario: British citizen, higher-rate tax payer, not claimed a penny in benefits, lives in own house, worked for HMG for several years, active member in community. No family in UK. Father - aged 63 - living alone in Australia, dependent on his British child. Yet, this British citizen cannot have his father join him in the UK.
Monday 9 July was a good day and a bad day. Bad, because the family Immigration Rule changes were introduced. Take a look at our dossier of case studies and analysis for a detailed look at the changes and how they will affect people. It was a good day because we witnessed the start of a vibrant campaign against these draconian measures.
NATECLA is the professional association for teaching ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) and Community languages to adults and it represents the views and interests of ESOL professionals and ESOL learners throughout the UK.
Guest post, to mark World Refugee Day, from Dr Russell Hargrave, Communications & Public Affairs Officer at Asylum Aid
Life after LAPSO
In the teeth of opposition from experts and campaigners, the Legal Aid, Punishment and Sentencing of Offenders Bill (LAPSO) was rushed through parliament and obtained royal assent two months ago. It is scheduled to pass into legislation in April 2013. JCWI was among those who tracked the Bill’s progress, and the damage that this legislation may bring.
A comment on a previous blog on this website shows the level of support for the campaign against Theresa May's family immigration rule changes. Chris Bryant has received 500+ emails from people urging him to take a stand against the rule changes. That outstrips our expectations and gives us real hope that we can make a difference.
But 500 emails, while good, aren't going to make the difference on their own, so we say it's time to step up the pressure, and raise awareness wider still.
Guest post by Chris Nash. Chris is International Protection Policy Coordinator at Asylum Aid. Chris previously practiced as an asylum lawyer, and has worked on asylum and migration policy at Amnesty International and at the European Council of Refugees and Exiles. His current role includes acting as Coordinator of the European Network on Statelessness.
To the Royal Festival Hall this morning for a talk on Britishness and the future of the United Kingdom by leader of the opposition, Ed Milliband.
Mr Milliband gave testament to his somewhat more radical father and the hospitality the UK offered to him when fleeing the Nazi occupation of much of continental Europe. He stands proud to be a product of immigration into the UK, but also a patriotic British person.
Today’s speech was primarily aimed at influencing the debate on Scottish Independence, but the theme of Britishness is difficult to address without at least touching on the issue of immigration. Mr Milliband tried his best to avoid the subject – Labour have yet to develop any meaningful policies on the issue.
Guest post by Natasha Tsangarides. Natasha is a researcher currently working for Medical Justice, and is the author of the report MJ have recently published, Second Torture.
The dossier of case studies contained in JCWI's pamphlet United by Love Divided by Law? details the potential impacts of the some of the family migration proposals put forward by the Government. It has received some enouraging feedback from parliamentarians and others, but we'd like a lot more....
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