I think an argument could be made that if a refugee were turned away, their life would be in danger back in their home country whereas if it were in the case of the families, there is no danger to their lives.
I say this even though in a few years I may return back to the UK with my foreign spouse.
In that case I wonder what the nation state is for? If holding a British passport is no advantage or even a disadvantage then what's the point?
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Regarding the spouse of a British person and sponsoring them: The annoying thing about this is that only the British person's wages are counted towards the amount you need to earn to sponsor your spouse to join you. Yet if the family were together as a unit, surely the wages of the family should be looked at together to see if there is a likelihood of using the benefit system. In our case the main breadwinner and person most likely to earn a good wage in the UK is the non British spouse, not me!
A couple of points on that. First, many of these 'benefits' are in the form of tax breaks for families, and while that does mean a cost to the tax-payer, it is not exactly the same thing as is often imagined - handing out money to non-working immigrants. Second, even after the threshold has been reached (and/or exceeded), a family will still be entitled to certain benefits such as child benefit.
Third, as the Government is slashing benefits entitlement across the board, it ought, properly, to keep this threshold under review, as the argument for it disappears if the immigrating partner would no longer be entitled to benefits anyway.
Finally, it is absurd that the incoming spouse's savings and income are completely disregarded. A highly skilled professional with a high income, lots of spare cash tucked away in the bank is treated in exactly the same way as a unskilled, debt-ridden spouse. That is to say, they are on the wrong end of a politically motivated policy. Doing things like setting income thresholds is one of the very few ways in which the UK Government really can deliver on its promise to reduce immigration. But it's not just immigration. It's very much like this across the board with Government policies. Target the law-abiding with tougher regulations because there's not very much you can do about those who are hell-bent on circumventing the rules.
Excellent post M Khan. I think the best way to "fight" this policy is to undermine the "logic" by which the Government sells it - which I think you did well. Now... how to publicise???
Going home poor becoming less attractive than ever. Not only can you not get your foreign wife in but benefit eligibility could be delayed. Less and less of a safety net.
Not clear from the article whether tax credits for expats returning from non-EU countries are specifically included, but that must be the implication.
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