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FIRST & BUSINESS CLASS DEALS TRAVEL never fly ECONOMY again Flat Bed, Suite, Limo, Lounge, Comfort, t&c est. 25 years 0208 515 9200 IATA ABTA ATOL3348 VOL 40. ISSUE 3 FIRST & FOREMOST ASIAN WEEKLY IN EUROPE VOICE Let noble thoughts come to us from every side 80p Immigration: Why stoop so low? decision-making process rather than scrapping the right to appeal. Keith Vaz MP has called on the Government to recognise the impact this highly risky policy will have on the significant South Asian population in Britain and reconsider their plans. He states in his letter to Minister for Immigration, Damien Green MP, “The fact that 36% of the decisions are reversed on appeal, it indicates that decision making needs to be improved rather than the right of appeal removed. This decision is especially worrying in light of the report on the Pakistan visa section published by the Independent Chief Inspector of the UK Border Agency last year which heavily criticised decision making and highlighted that in the third quarter of 2009–10, only 25% of appeals were dismissed. With the majority of family visitor visas issued to relatives of the UK’s large South Asian community, this decision would effect every Asian family in the UK. The family visit visa is also generally only valid for 6 months and therefore does not impact on net migration figures.” Habib Rahman, Chief Executive of the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants has also shared simi- lar views and said, " an application for someone to attend a wedding, a funeral, to visit a dying relative or to be with their loved ones for short periods is , the right to an appeal is the only fair way to settle such a matter. Thus the idea is discriminatory and mean and should be abandoned before it gets any further." Abolishing rights to appeal for family visit visas have a history in the UK's politics as the rights were scrapped by former Home Secretary, Ken Clarke in 1992. He told MPs that while he recognised that those who were refused were greatly disappointed that they could not come to Britain, it was still "not a matter of life or death". The decision lead to many problems and tensions in the British Asian community causing a drift in the larger society. After evaluating the outcomes, the right was reintroduced by the Labour party in 2000 under Jack Straw. However, with yet another similar proposal, that too in the times of heightened controversies over immigration issues, it is reflected that the government is unable to learn from its own past and is unnecessarily looking to cause discomfort in the society. Continued on page 5 - %#!, ,) . $' $'$,0 Government's new plans of scrapping the 'Right to Appeal' for family visit visa has reignited controversy that has surrounded the Coalition's immigration policies aimed to cap the in-flow of migrants into the UK. According to the proposal that was leaked into the national press, more than 80,000 overseas relatives of British families who are refused visas will lose the right to appeal to attend family events like weddings, funerals and alike. However, senior Whitehall officials have warned the Home Office that the plan is 'Highly controversial and legally risky', especially within the UK's British Asian community. The Immigration Minister, Damian Green has also been told to expect protests from “some Commonwealth countries”. In 2010, more than 420,000 visa applications were made by relatives of British families abroad, with 350,000 visas granted at the first instance. From the one's rejected, 63,000 were applied again with the 'Right to Appeal', out of which another 36 percent were then granted the visa. Granting the visa to these 36 percent while rejecting them on the first place has raised a need of looking into Home Office's 1 *#( " 0+ /##& 21st May to 27th May 2011 Manubhai is no more Manubhai M Madhvani, well-known for his outstanding contribution towards all walks of life across the globe, passed away on 17th May at 00:20. The sad demise has left his entire family disheartened, but they are optimistic that his presence will still be felt as our society go on to witness the sweet fruits of his extensive welfare work. Leaders of the society has offered condolences. See pg.13 Read more about his life on pg.26 Women power on the rise in India Gujarat CM Narendra Modi greets Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa after the swearing-in ceremony in Chennai. With Aunty in Capital, Madam in Centre, Amma in South, Didi in East, Bhenji in North, it looks India is now living on woman power. India for the first time can boast of four women chief ministers. With the capture of power by Mamata Banerjee (Didi) in West Bengal and J Jayalalithaa (Amma) in Tamil Nadu, the list of women chief ministers has risen to four. The others in the list are Shiela Dikshit (Madam) of Delhi, and BSP supremo Mayawati (Bhenji) in Uttar Pradesh. Continued on page 26

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