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Immigration Restrictions Condemn Elderly Parents to Lonely Twilight Years.

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Posted on July 09th 2014

JCWI launches a new report on the Adult Dependent Relative Rule.

Between October 2012 and September 2013, the Home Office issued just 34 visas for Adult Dependent relatives to come to join their families in the UK. Families have to ensure that they can financially support their dependent  relatives and there is no recourse to public funds for them. We have been contacted by 111 families who are being torn apart due to stress, anxiety and guilt at being unable to look after their elderly parents when they really need their support and assistance.  British children from a  migrant background have been unable to benefit from grandparents in their lives and all for a fall of 0.3% in the net migration statistics.

9 July sees the second anniversary of the introduction, by Home Secretary Theresa May, of the severe restrictions on family immigration to the UK. A new report by JCWI (Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants) with assistance from campaigning group BritCits, has shone a spotlight on the plight of elderly parents of naturalised British Citizens. Under the current rules, an elderly parent must be incapable, even with financial and practical assistance from the UK son or daughter, of performing everyday tasks such as cooking, washing and dressing themselves. The rules essentially describe valid visa applicants as in such a state of frailty as to be unable to take a long haul flight. In the words of one legal practitioner, this is a case of a ban masquerading as rules.

After six months of research into the impacts of these rules on children and families, a 93 page report is being launched in Parliament on Wednesday 9 July.

  • The report reveals an almost complete disregard of the best interests of any children involved in such cases – whilst there a legal obligation on the Home Office to prioritise such interests.
  • The Government’s given reasons for introducing these rules, economic and in terms of controlling net migration do not stand scrutiny
  • The rules increase the financial burden on migrant families
  • As members of the government have previously pointed out, it falls to families to care for the elderly, these rules do not allow for this.
  • Many medical professionals are currently considering, or have already left the country in order to care for their parents, this has had a detrimental effect on the NHS

You can down load the full report below. 

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