3318640502their class, gender, race, sexuality, age and region. Ethnographic accounts are integral tothis report as they demonstrate the suffering experienced by individuals across the UK and globally who have been separated from their families by these migration policies.
July 2012, the Conservative Government of the UK made four changes tofamily migration policy. These measures were an attempt to meet the goals set by the present government to restrict migration. In the words of the Prime Minister, DavidCameron, the goal of the current administration is to “limit migration from hundreds of thousands to tens of thousands.” The administration refers to its approach to immigrationas “soft touch”; a review of the history of migration and the current policies suggests theterm “soft touch” is far from the truth. Britain has a long history of anxiety towardsmigration and migrants, fueled by fear of abuse of the country’s resources andxenophobic attitudes among some groups within society. The concern in some quarters,that certain groups are incapable of integrating into British society is arguablyexacerbated by immigration law and media representations. Using family migration as a prism through which to view the global movement of peoples, this essay highlights thestate’s attempt to restrict the freedom of movement. This issue has risen in importanceover time, as the falling cost of travel, and the virtual connections offered by the internet,has meant we inhabit a world that is continuously interconnected. In this paper, personalaccounts of lives affected by migration policy are described, as a counterpoint to theusual polemic, which are often based on economic arguments.
The aim of this research was to critically analyze the stipulations applied tocouples that marry across borders. At present, within the UK, couples are required toconform to the state’s definition of what constitutes a marriage. However after thechanges in family migration came into effect on 9
July 2012, my focus was shifted.Originally my attention was drawn solely to the income requirements but after adiscussion with two fellow campaigners, I decided to highlight all four changes to family3