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11th December 2015
 
Hau! (Native American)

It seems apt to send this newsletter on Human Rights Day - right to live with and look after family being such a fundamental human right.

I will be taking some time off to spend with family, old and young, myself.  However, regular posts will be published on our website, especially our most popular feature, Family of the Week - which okay are not always weekly, but we're trying and make up for it with two features of Family of the Week this time!.

This Christmas seems many more of you reunited, if not in the UK then in other EU countries, like Ireland and Malta.  All at BritCits hope next Christmas sees you all reunited and the MM case demonstrates triumph of justice over politics.  We should also spare a thought for the thousands of people unwittingly turned homeless, with their homes, families and even lives in danger, in regions such as Syria and closer to home with the floods.  May 2016 be better for us all.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours from all of us at, and your fellow members of, BritCits.

IN THE NEWS
Rewind three months and we see that once again the Conservative think tank , Bright Blue, spoke out against the family immigration rules dividing families and pointing out that by forcing children into a single-parent upbringing, the rules damage families and the UK economy.
UNITED FAMILY OF THE WEEK - CHRISTINE AND ZIAD
British citizen Christine found herself facing Home Office bureaucracy when attempting to sponsor her Syrian husband.  His application was refused for trivial reasons, like showing he had sat and passed the English Language Test, but not including a letter showing he had been admitted into the examination room! 

Home Office did not seem to understand that the pass could not have been achieved without sitting the paper, and made no consideration for the fact that the husband of a British citizen was in a war zone.

HOME OFFICE
The House of Commons this week published a report on the power of the Home Secretary to refuse or revoke admission based on character, conduct or association.  It is a power that she appears to have been increasingly using.
DIVIDED FAMILY OF THE WEEK - NIKKI AND JUAN
British citizen Nikki shares her time between UK and Canada, where her partner lives.

The couple also have a son, Jayden, who spends half the year away from his dad, and half away from home.  As he gets older, unless the family can live together, he will need to continue to miss out on one or the other almost alotgether, what with the attendance requirements at schools.

This family has sadly been let down by the Canadian support system as well as British family values as dictated by our politicians.

    

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