Day of Action against the MIR Increase
On Valentine’s Day, Reunite Families UK, together with Praxis, Migrant Voice, IMIX, British in Europe and the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants will organise a Day of Action against the Minimum Income Requirement increase which is due to rise to £29,000 on April 11 before rising to £38,000 in Spring 2025, a sum only 40% of the UK workforce earns.
In a day normally reserved to celebrate love, the organisations will highlight the plight of those who are unable to do so as a result of the draconian rules which denies British citizens and settled residents the possibility of being together here in the UK.
Help us Defend our Human Right to a Family Life
Since the government announced an incremental increase to the Minimum Income Requirement which will see it increase to £29,000 in the spring before reaching £38,700 in early 2025 (a level only roughly 40% of the UK currently earn) Reunite Families UK and our community fought back against a draconian change which will in practice means an end to the possibility of family reunification for countless families across the country.
The last few weeks have shown the worst of this government and the best of a community like ours. Whilst the government is trying to deny many the possibility of being with their loved ones simply because they are from abroad.. people in our network came together to say NO
NO to accepting that only rich people can fall in love to people born abroad.
NO to being considered a bargaining chip just to reduce by a negligible number the net migration figures.
NO to being made poor and scared about our future in the country
NO to separate our families
We fought and will continue to fight back because there isn’t anything like family. Like the warm embrace of our children, like the little moments that together build our family life. For this and for much more we have started to fightback.
Cost of Loving
This winter families all over the UK will be struggling with the rising cost of living and the impact of that on their families and their quality of life. For many, this burden is already a lot to bear but for families caught up in Britain’s hostile immigration policies, the impacts are devastating – pushing them into decisions no family should have to make.
This year, as they do every year, many children are writing their letters to Santa. But instead of asking for a present they are asking for the return of their mother or father…
Mother’s Day 2023
This Mother’s Day we want to celebrate many of the fearless mums and grandmothers in our network that have to fight with some of the harshest family reunification rules around the world in order to be with their loved ones and keep their family finally together.
To highlight their plight, but also to dream of better family reunification policies we have created these Unreunited Mothers cards that have the aim of illustrating the challenges, the barriers and the obstacles mums in our community have to overcome on a daily basis.
Share them on your social media using the hashtags
#TheCostOfLovingCrisis #ScrapTheMIR #HaveAHeart
The Cost of Loving This Valentine’s Day
This Valentine’s Day many loved ones are unable to be together because UK spouse visa rules are keeping them apart. For many couples and families, this is yet another day to remind them that their love is not enough and that their love comes at a huge cost.
Have a Heart
Reunite Families UK is a campaign and support group set up by two Mums affected by the Minimum Income Requirement (MIR). Spending special dates with your loved one, such as birthdays, Christmas and Valentines Day should not be so difficult. However when you fall in love with a Non-EU and now with Brexit EU citizen, being together is not as easy as we are led to believe. As you can see the time never stops ticking for our families who have to spend sometimes years apart to be reunited. We believe families belong together.
An idea inspired by Thia Malan, previously affected by the rules, RFUK and JCWI are teaming up to do a #haveaheart campaign this Valentine’s Day to raise awareness of the MIR.
Home Office Subvert Campaign - 9th July 2019
Seven years ago, Theresa May created her Hostile Environment. In 2019, this policy has seen tens of 1000s of innocent, loving families/couples torn apart just because one of them isn’t British. Meet some of our families here and share their stories on Twitter from 9th July @ 9.30am
For the last two years, Reunite Families UK and JCWI have been putting our voices to another use in the campaign by putting on A Christmas Carol on the steps of St Martin in the Field in London’s famous Trafalgar Square. Families travel from all over the UK to join us as we raise awareness about the cruel rules that tear families and children apart. Christmas is an especially hard time for our families but it is the children who really lose out. Details will be posted later in the year for our 2019 Christmas Carol event in London so please join us!
We are currently working with JCWI to build more awareness within Parliament about the rules ahead of the Immigration Bill that is currently in progress. Bringing the reality of the rules to the MPs is a crucial part of this work and with our voices of experience within this group we can show the real impact of these cruel rules on innocent families.
Reunite Families UK took part of the evidence gathering for the 2018 UN Special Rapporteur visit to the UK. To find out more about this visit click here.
CRAE Evidence Gathering
In 2018, Reunite Families UK took part in gathering evidence for CRAE’s State of Children’s Rights
Raising awareness within sectors that deal with children’s welfare is crucial for the campaign as the impacts of the UK visa rules on children’s mental health is cruel and inhumane and yet no-one seems to recognise this fact. Getting organisations like CRAE and The Children’s Commissioner to be more aware of this plays a significant part in our campaign work.