Home Office to review “The right to family life” for immigrants

 Can result into further restrictions for migrants

4th July, 2011:  In a setback to the migrants, a major assessment of the human right to a ‘family life’ will be launched this week. The review will observe how Britain deals with Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights which guarantees "the right to a family life". This can result into further restrictions on immigrants.


The government will review the application of EU human rights rules that allow immigrants to bring their families into the country.

The review is said to be a result of several recent court cases which ruled people could stay because their family life would be endangered if they were made to leave.

The government says the review is part of managing migration. The Home Office spokesman asserts that the Article 8 does not give an absolute right to remain here. The spokesman adds that they will continue to get rid of those who break the rules and try to play the system.

The Home Office adds that they are going to check on the family route shortly. The home office will examine what requirements they should place on foreign nationals who wish to establish a family life in the UK. The sources in the home office assert that this is part of a package of reforms they are putting in place to handle migration.

BBC political correspondent Robin Brant asserts the review could lead to further constraint on immigrants who wish to stay or a tighter definition of the right to a family life being proposed.

Prime Minister David Cameron’s government took office in May 2010 and  promised to reform the giant backlog in asylum cases. He launched a movement on returning net immigration figures to tens of thousands rather than hundreds of thousands.

The government had announced in February that a commission, jointly chaired by Justice Secretary Ken Clarke and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, would look at whether a UK Bill of Rights could claim superiority the European Convention of Human Rights.

According to information by BBC the Conservatives had wanted to replace the Human Rights Act 1998 with a UK Bill of Rights however that was opposed by their Lib Dem coalition partners.

The Conservatives have been strongly critical of the Human Rights Act – legislation which introduced into British law the principles of the 1950 European Convention on Human Rights.

It was intended at allowing people to claim the rights preserved in the Convention without having to go to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. These included the right to life, the right to family, freedom from torture and the right to a fair trial. But critics say the act makes it harder for British courts to transfer criminals.



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