Monday’s public premiere of Into The Fire was a resounding success. A packed lecture theatre in the School of Oriental and African Studies watched the film and hear from the film makers Guy Smallman and Kate Mara, Habib Rahman, Chief Exec of JCWI and one of the refugees featured in the film.
Since its online launch just nine days ago, the you tube film has had very nearly 63,000 views, which is a tremendous amount for a 40 minute film on YouTube. But public screenings are invaluable as they get a number of people together to watch the film and afterwards discuss ways they can help affect change, and to address the points brought up by the film.
In her reckless pursuit of lower immigration to the UK, Theresa May put UK citizens and settled people in a far less privileged position than EU nationals living in the UK. The rule changes Ms May implemented last year also meant that UK citizens living in other EU countries had more rights than if they lived in the UK. But thanks to a certain Mr Singh, they not only have more rights elsewhere in Europe, but they can bring them back to the UK under certain conditions. On the blogs and in the facebook groups of people affected by the family immigration rules, Surinder Singh has become a buzz word.
Just a short post. Yvette Cooper, the shadow home secretary made a keynote speech on immigration this morning at the Institute for Public Policy Research.
The full text of the speech is handily available on the New Statesman website, so you may read without anyone else's opinion to decide for yourself where Labour are currently headed on the issue.
JCWI did manage to ask a question, over our primary policy issue family immigration. This is how the question was asked and answered::
The second session of verbal evidence to the APPG inquiry on the family immigration restrictions of July 9 2012 happened on Monday.
Present on the panel were: Sarah Teather (Lib Dem MP), Baroness Hamwee (Lib Dem Peer), Virendra Sharma (Labour MP), Kate Green (Labour MP) and Lord Teveson (Lib Dem Peer). This time the panel of expert witnesses (pictured) submitting evidence were:
One would imagine Daily Express readers would have bored of it by now, but the editor obviously thinks the fear has not been instilled deeply enough, the intolerance enflamed high enough or the xenophobia whipped up adequately. Today (19 February) saw the twentieth article about the coming ‘flood’ of immigrants from Romania and/or Bulgaria at the beginning of 2014. Given that we’re a year away from the restrictions on working and movement being lifted, it promises to be a grim year for Express readers.
Most articles are accompanied by pictures of grubby horse and carts, grubby children or of people walking through grubby streets carrying plastic bags. It’s a pretty desperate picture the paper is printing.
On Monday 11 February, I attended the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Migration inquiry into the effects of the family immigration restrictions introduced in July 2012. It was the first (of two) sessions on verbal evidence into the It has decided to focus its remit on to two key issues: the income requirement and elderly dependent relatives.
Last night was the first of two verbal sessions, the second will be held on 4th March. On the panel to consider the evidence were: Sarah Teather (LibDem MP), Lord Hussain (LibDem Peer), Baroness Hamwee, Chair (LibDem Peer), Kate Green (Lab MP) and Lord Teverson (LibDem Lord)
Guest Post by Chris Mead. Chris is the sponsor of a non EEA spouse and founder of the Family Immigration Alliance. After his own experiences as a Brit re-entering his home country he set up the blog in 2011 to promote the experiences and perspectives of families under the new immigration rules.
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