Report reveals why women and young people are excluded from bringing spouses to UK

Mother and son

Mother and son

The current £18,600 income threshold excludes 55% of British women and 53% of people under 30 from bringing a non-EU spouse or family member to the UK, a new report has revealed.

The report, “The Minimum Income Requirement for non-EEA Family Members in the UK”, has been produced by the Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford.

Based on their least year’s earning, the report shows that just over 40% of British citizens working as employees are ineligible to bring a spouse to the UK.

It also emerges from the report that UK citizens are less likely to earn enough to meet the threshold if they do not have higher education.

Unlike people living in the rest of the UK, 73% of British citizens who are London dwellers meet the threshold, even if they are female (67%), under the age of 30 (69%) or do not have higher education (53%).

Carlos Vargas-Silva, Senior Researcher at the Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford said: “In some respects, the current family migration rules prioritise couples in which the UK partner is the main breadwinner. That is likely to make it easier for men to sponsor their wives rather than vice versa.”

The report has been released ahead of a Supreme Court review of the policy next month.

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