Thursday 6 September 2018 / 8:40 AM Afzal Khan / Immigration

Border Inspector’s report shows Ministers are dragging their feet on reuniting families

Afzal Khan MP, Labour’s Shadow Immigration Minister, commenting on the Chief Inspector of Borders’ damning report into how the Home Office handles family reunion cases, said:


“It is unacceptable that reuniting families has ceased to be a priority for the Government, when it has such a profound impact on families’ lives.

“The Chief Inspector’s report is damning and shows that Ministers are dragging their feet. He finds either no improvement or an even worse service in almost all areas.

“The next Labour government will take on the issue of reuniting families with the urgency it deserves. We believe strongly in the right to a family life, so we will replace the minimum income requirement on spouses, and improve casework management across the Home Office.”

 

Please see the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration’s new report: “A re-inspection of the family reunion process, focusing on applications received at the Amman Entry Clearance Decision Making Centre November 2017 – April 2018, 5 September 2018” https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/737724/Final_Artwork_Reinspection_Family_Reunion_Amman.pdf