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The story of a British mother separated from her husband by immigration rules. My child “thinks a phone is his father”, she says

Amira and son

Immigration rules are forcing a British woman to live as a single mother since she can’t bring her husband to the UK.

The woman named only as Amira, narrated to the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme how she and her toddler had suffered under Britain’s immigration rules.

The child who is only able to talk to the dad over the phone, now thinks his dad “is a phone”.

Amira married her husband Ahmed in Damascus, Syria and they used to live there until violence escalated.

Amira and son
Amira and son

Unfortunately she could not bring her non-EU husband to the UK because under the new rules, she is required to have a minimum gross annual income of £18,600.

Speaking to reporter Divya Talwar, Amira said: “We left so much behind, we miss our family and friends. If I could go back to Syria tomorrow I would.

“If I could have stayed I would have, but it wasn’t fair on my son. We didn’t choose to be separated.

“We made the decision to leave in literally a couple of seconds. I was nine months pregnant and I could have given birth on the plane, that’s how much I wanted to stay in Syria.

“I gave birth to my son alone and I’m now effectively a single mum, living with my son in Wales.

“Ahmed has been watching his son, Jude, grow up on video calls.

“My husband needs a visa and I don’t meet the means or requirements to bring him on a spouse visa, I will never earn £18,600 as a single mother.

“I’m trying to find work. I’ve been trying for a very long time.

“I wish Ahmed could have come with me but he couldn’t come here, because we are not rich enough basically.

“My son has been denied his father. He’s missed Jude’s first birthday, him crawling, him walking.

“My son is damaged because of this. He thinks a phone is his father, and that’s dreadful, that’s horrible.

“I’m asthmatic, I’ve had four attacks in the last nine months. I’m so stressed.

“We lost everything, we gave up everything to come here. It’s not fair we have been ripped apart from our home, and now are being ripped apart from each other.

“I just wish Ahmed could join us here, we’ve been tortured enough.

“To not be able to be together, it’s just heart breaking.

“We will go back to Syria one day and we will build our little hut from mud.”

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