al-Jazeera online published a feature story today about the impact the UK’s “war on immigration” is having on families who do not meet the income requirement for a family visa – and it mentions us!
photo credit Jason Wen – Human Rights Network.
The article presents a good overview of both the issues families face as well as the governmental challenges which have influenced the policymaking. To illustrate the impacts of the law, the author spoke to a number of families who have been separated by the income requirement, and one who has managed to overcome it – our project founder Katharine and her husband Raco.
It’s wonderful and exciting to see our little book of love letters – and the reason we are creating it – get attention from one of the world’s great news organizations. I call it our “little” book, but it’s our country’s big problem, and the whole world is watching.
Read the whole al-Jazeera article here
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We’ve got a love letter coming soon from a Norfolk couple who are currently appealing their case to the Home Office. Arlene came from the Philippines in 2009 to study in the UK. She got a degree, she is earning a living working in her profession, and the Home Office wants to send her back, apparently because her now-husband Stephen’s new business isn’t yet paying him enough to meet the minimum income requirement.
“I do not want to be separated from my husband.”
According to the article, he was told in the initial hearing that he, a born-and-bred UK citizen, can move to the Philippines if he wants to stay with his wife.
Last week their story was featured in the Great Yarmouth Mercury, which prompted an outpouring of support and a follow-up article yesterday. They are currently awaiting an appeal hearing with the Home Office.
These are the stories we are wanting to tell, and this is exactly the kind of scenario we are hoping to help correct. Please sign our petition to compel the debate in parliament and help change the law that allows our government to let money mean more than family.
“You can’t apply market values to human rights.”
Yesterday morning our very own Katharine wrote an article for the “Comment is Free” section of the UK Guardian website. It’s her story, and one of the key reasons this site exists. The timing couldn’t be more perfect: publication coincides with the first day of arguments in the High Court appeal hearing to determine whether the 2012 Family Immigration Law is a violation of human rights.
At last count there were almost 500 comments. Pro or con, this is not a light topic for many, many people.
Read the whole article here:
Lots of stories coming in and we’re starting to get them up on the site. One of the newest is Steve and Yoko’s story, with an extra view from Steve’s family here in the UK.
Some of the other love letters:
…and more to come!
It’s almost live! Actually it is live, but soon we’ll be officially announcing the project and kicking it off properly. We’re kinda excited about this! There’s a lot to do in a very little time but that’s not going to stop us!