Posted on February 23rd 2017
Yesterday was a crucial day for the campaign to overturn the UK’s cruel family migration rules.
We share your disappointment that the Supreme Court, in its judgement in the landmark ‘MM’ case, found that the government can continue to impose an £18,600 income requirement on Brits wishing to bring a foreign spouse here to live with them.
But, crucially, the Supreme Court was highly critical of the way these rules have been implemented.
The government now has to go back and rewrite the rules on cases involving children, and reconsider the income sources that can be used to meet the income requirement. These changes could help thousands of families.
JCWI has been working on this campaign, alongside others, since the rules were introduced in 2012. We have been privileged to work with many affected families, acting as official intervenors in the MM case, highlighting the impact of the rules through policy research, lobbying MPs and speaking out in the media. Yesterday we did over 30 broadcast and print media interviews on the MM judgement, getting coverage across the BBC, Daily Mail, and Channel 4.
And the fight now needs to continue.
We must work to ensure that yesterday’s judgement is implemented by the government in a way that benefits the largest possible number of families. And we need to continue to call for a comprehensive change in the rules, so that families are supported rather than divided.
We need your help to carry on campaigning for fairer family migration rules. If you can donate to JCWI to support this work into the future, then please click here.
We look forward to carrying on the fight with you.