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83 Ducie Street,
Manchester,Manchester
M1 2JQ

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Since 9th July 2012, the British government has brought in family immigration rules which divide families, and making immigration an issue even for British citizens who wish to live in their own country.

The rules keep husbands and wives apart, simply because the British citizen doesn't earn a certain amount of money in the way specified by the government in its ever-changing rules; British children are kept apart from a mum or dad who is from another land, with the Home Office having suggested that kids will get used to a single-parent upbringing;  British citizens are told to outsource the care of their elderly parents - send them money and dust your hands off them is the message.

And if none of these options are feasible, we are told by the government that we can always choose to leave the UK to live in our family member's home country.

The sheer hypocrisy in expecting another country to let us in because we are British, when the UK government doesn't want to let in our foreign family member is bad enough, but that our government doesn't think we have the right to live with our family (who have no recourse to public funds anyway!) in our own country of citizenship is a gross insult to the concept of citizenship.

BritCits is a human rights charity campaigning for fair family immigration rules which don't divide families or force British citizens into exile.  We are firm advocates of EEA/EU free movement rights and the Surinder Singh route, which is a lifeline for those who have been shafted by the government simply for loving a foreigner.  

We want to hold the government to account for their election manifestos which claimed to want to make UK the most family friendly nation, that recognised families are the bedrock of our society - yet a MIPEX study denounces UK as having the least family friendly immigration rules - we are ranked last.

After all, it was David Cameron who said that when 'people's love is divided by the law, it is the law which must change'.

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