Dear friends of a diverse and culturally rich Britain ,
The Government has long trumpeted its intent to reduce immigration figures…..hoping to please a public fearful of economic recession…..
So the Home Secretary Theresa May made a statement to Parliament on 13/06/2012, setting out new Regulations on blocking family reunion for anyone from both Europe and worldwide.
The Churches Refugee Network, together with Diaspora Citizens, ( the migrant/refugee section of Citizens-UK) is shocked by these measures, and asks you to sign its’ petition to Protect the Right to Family Life. You will find it here: http://diaspora-newcitizens.nationbuilder.com/family.
Please also write what you think to your MP as soon as possible BEFORE the 9th July. That is the date these draconian measures will come into force.
This policy change ignored strong expert warnings on the human – and worse, the longer term economic and community cost to Britain .
There was sparse consultation, quite ineffectual;, and the changes were ‘sprung’ without warning…..Very many families are trapped by them.
And because it is being done by secondary legislation, Parliament will not be asked its’ opinions.
Here is what you need to know: First, the text of Mrs.May’s Parliamentary Statement. …(It is LONG!)
Then three short briefings that summarizing the effects on Britain by 3 groups, working in research, in legal practice and in church-community building:
1) The Migrant Research Network, spells out minimum sponsorship income , unattainable for most migrant workers (£18.600) and the extending of the qualificatory settlement period from 2 to 5 years: These are measures which punish the poor, and create cruelly prolonged family separation or breakdown.
2) The Free movement blog, with punchy barrister’s comment quoting the relevant case law.
3) The Advocacy team of the Churches Refugee Network, expressing the views of its’ ‘Steering Committee.
Mrs. May and the government think these new Regulations are ‘compatible with Art.8/ ECHR -the Right to Private/ Family life’ .They also warned the Judiciary to heed the views of ‘decision makers’…. That, in our view, is an unacceptable attempt to manipulate judicial independence.Already, the press is doing the same…
Most legal and welfare practitioners disagree and are appalled…… and our fellow Diaspora citizens about to be on the receiving end are frightened….
(NB Migration inflow last year was approximately 250.000…..that is not one iota less than previous years, yet we see …… Academic experts agree that global migration flows are not likely to reduce using such new stringent increases in entry controls using ‘nation state fortress’ legislation, and they have a great deal to say on the economic and social stimulus value to Britain of new migrant groups…)
I hope you will take part. And let us know any answers you receive…..
Puck de Raadt
Churches Refugee Network