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Race chief warns of ‘untold misery’

By Lauren.Archell  |  Posted: June 24, 2012

MISERY: Akbar Dad Khan with his letter to the Home Office

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An anti-racism group leader has branded ‘discriminatory’ the Home Office’s decision to change the rules surrounding bringing partners to the UK from outside Europe.

Akbar Dad Khan, 62, chairman of Luton-based Building Bridges, said he is against the new policy, which takes effect from next month, of only those earning at least £18,600 being able to bring in a spouse or partner.

Currently an individual and their settled partner must demonstrate they can cover their living expenses without needing public funding for 27 months.

Mr Khan has previously written to the Home Office to express his concern.

He sad: “The Building Bridges organisation promotes citizenship and integration, and as a result will continue to fight the Home Office to prevent them from bringing about these changes. They are discriminatory and unnecessary.

“We do not feel there is any need for a change in the rules as there is no evidence that the present rules are being misused.

“This kind of change will cause untold misery in the lives of the communities affected.”

Home Secretary Theresa May said: “We welcome those who wish to make a life in the UK with their family, work hard and make a contribution, but family life must not be established here at the taxpayer’s expense.

“To play a full part in British life, family migrants must be able to integrate – they must speak our language and pay their way.”

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