"I have never welcomed the weakening of family ties by politics or pressure" - Nelson Mandela.
"He who travels for love finds a thousand miles no longer than one" - Japanese proverb.
"Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence." - Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
"When people's love is divided by law, it is the law that needs to change". -
David Cameron.

Monday, 23 June 2014

9th July: REMINDER - events in London and Malta

9th July 2014 will mark the second anniversary of the introduction of the draconian and iniquitous rules which divide families. You can read some of their stories here :

If you'd like to publicise your own event, write us - steve@britcits.com / britcits@gmail.com . Or join the meetup group : http://www.meetup.com/BritCits/


Register for the events you wish to attend here :

Event 1: 10am – 11:30am APPG on Migration - MRN event
This meeting will consider the latest evidence about the impacts of the family migration rules across the UK, and will look closely at the position of lower income families outside London. It will follow up the work of the cross-party APPG on Migration inquiry which reported in 2013, to ask how far these rules are compatible with a fair and balanced approach to immigration, and with a family-friendly policy agenda. 
Committee Room 14
House of Commons
Houses of Parliament

Directions: http://www.parliament.uk/visiting/directions/

Event 2: 12:30 – 1:30pm Demonstration protesting the family migration rules - Divided Families event
Please bring banners, posters, photos of your family, as well as loud voices!

Outside the Home Office
2 Marsham Street

After the demonstration there will be a chance to meet and discuss the issues campaigners and other affected families in an informal setting - most likely we will retire to a nearby cafe or pub, such as the Red Lion, 48 Parliament Street, Westminster.
This may also be an opportunity to leaflet the Westminster area, as we did a few weeks ago : http://britcits.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/cutting-crew-outside-home-office.html

Event 3: 6:30 – 8pm Adult Dependant Relative report launch –  JCWI and BritCits event

Adult Dependent Relative rules came into force two years ago which effectively ban elderly relatives joining their adult children in the UK. This report analyses the rules genesis, application and impact on families and children, providing a statistical analysis on the numbers applying and succeeding whilst also looking at Home Office decision making.  This is the first report, procuded by JCWI in collaboration with BritCits, which looks at the ADR rules in detail.

Committee Room 9
Palace of Westminster, London.
(nearest tube is Westminster)

The event is hosted and chaired by Sarah Teather MP.

Come and hear researchers, experts and parliamentarians present  their anaylses of the Report. Followed by a question and answer session. Opportunities to mingle and network from 6pm


For Surinder Singh'ers in Malta!

Wednesday, July 9 at 1:30pm local time
British High Commission
Whitehall Mansions
ix-Xatt Ta' Xbiex
Ta' Xbiex XBX 1026
Register on Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/events/1421894491426584/

The Malta event is being organised by Dee and David.


For the big day....

Last year's event, a very good day : http://britcits.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/a%20very%20good%20day

More of our protest art : http://britcits.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/flyers
Do you have questions about The Big Day? Contact BritCits (britcits@gmail.com)

1 comment:

  1. Please note Event 1 the APPG on Migration - MRN event has changed to a larger room the the main Houses of Parliament.
    Date: Wednesday, 9th July 2014
    Time: 10am - 11:30am
    Venue: Committee Room 14, House of Commons

    Thank you for signing up to next Wednesday's round-table debate on the second anniversary of the new family migration rules.

    Please note that we are now in Committee Room 14.

    I am pleased to confirm the following speakers who will be addressing the meeting:
    Andrew Percy MP, Conservative
    Katy Clarke MP, Labour
    Lord Teverson, Liberal Democrats
    Ryan Shorthouse, Bright Blue
    Saira Grant, Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants
    We anticipate a large turnout to the meeting and we ask that you take your seat no later than 9.50am. You will need to go through security clearance at the St Stephen’s entrance, which can be a long process and we therefore ask you to plan your attendance in consideration of these factors. You can find a map and directions to Parliament from this link http://www.parliament.uk/visiting/directions/.