A group of cross-party MPs and peers have joined forces today to launch an inquiry into the impacts of new rules on family migration.
The inquiry, coordinated by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Migration and chaired by Shadow Equalities Minister Kate Green MP, will explore the impacts of rules which came into force in July 2012. The rule changes have made it more difficult to bring close family members to the UK from outside the European Economic Area (EEA).
In particular, the inquiry will look at the new requirement that people wishing to sponsor spouses and partners from outside the (EEA) show minimum earnings of £18,600 per year. The government estimates that thousands of families where one person is a British citizen or settled here will be prevented from being reunited in the UK every year as a result.
Kate Green MP, the chair of the family inquiry said: “It's important for the government to manage family migration fairly. The inquiry's aim is to review current policy on family reunification by understanding the real-life impact that the recent changes have had on individuals across the country. We will consider how far the changes could hamper policies that promote family life in the UK, which is an essential element of strong and integrated communities. The cross-party group will, in particular, look into the impact the new immigration rules have had on spouses and children since July 2012.”