21 May 2015

British Citizens separated from their families.- VIDEO

Many British citizens with a spouse from Ukraine or Russia will identify with this video.
A powerful and moving documentary showing the break-up of families as a result of new British laws introduced in 2012. It is widely known that an EU citizen (Not a British citizen) and their non-EU spouse/family can enter the UK under EU freedom of movement laws. But a British citizen and his/her Non-EU spouse does not have the same rights.
Gethin Jones has been married to his Russian wife for 17 years and they have two children. His Russian wife Elena is still in Moscow and cannot be reunited with her husband and daughters. They own their own house in Wales and Gethin has his own business but has not reached the required income level set by the British government. (See video 06:22 to 11:56)
Sally Piasecki is a British citizen married to Walter an American citizen. They have been married for 20 years, see their story here.

The difference between UK and EU law means that a British citizen and their non-EU spouse can live in ANOTHER EU country but not the UK. The Tanik family is now living in Ireland and has made this their ‘Centre of Life’. Although the documentary does not mention this, they are now following what has become known as the Surinder Singh route, where they will claim the right to enter the UK again under EU law (Freedom of Movement).
Many British citizens who are married to Non-EU citizens will identify with this documentary.

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