Research requests – make your story count

I’ve received a couple of research requests from people looking for interviewees. If you’re interested in helping out and making your experience contribute to greater insights on the impact of the family migration rules then please email us: familyimmigrationalliance[at]gmail[dot]com

  1. Surinder, at the University of Birmingham writes:

    I am a lecturer in Social Work at the University of Birmingham and am interested in issues of race and gender in particular, including gender and care within the family.

    Having read the testimonials on your pages it is clear that the immigration processes in the dominant, economically advance countries pose significant obstacles in family relationships, particularly between couples.

    My particular emphasis is on looking at how family members (including couples/spouses) take care of each other across borders – in the context of being transnational families.  It involves parents making care arrangements for children and children arranging care for parents and the obstacles that they encounter as well as the  opportunities that the new technologies may offer.

    Against this backdrop, my specific requirement is whether it is possible to advertise through you about this research and/or if you could point me to testimonials which may include some of these aspects.

  2. Ana, at University College London writes:
    I am studying an Msc in Global Migration at University College London (UCL). 
    In order to complete my Master’s degree, I am writing a dissertation about the family reunification rules. As a migrant myself, married to another migrant, I am particularly interested in three things. First, I want to examine the context in which the rules were formulated and constructed (especially ‘the immigration cap’). Second, I will analyze and question how the rules imply that the rights to family life and to migrate are reserved to those who can afford it, although they were created allegedly to secure the benefits of British citizens. Finally, I am interested in the implications that the rules have for the debates about citizenship and migration.
    In order to do this, I am analyzing speeches and newspapers, following some blogs and forums, and will conduct interviews with affected families, as well as some organizations that have been involved. I hope that I can publish part of the research results in some manner to support the campaigns against the rules.
    In this context, I would like to ask whether it would be possible to publish a small ad on your website so the affected families know about this research, and if interested, share their stories with me in late June or July. All the stories would be treated anonymously if so desired. I am also flexible in any other requests, including that I travel outside of London to conduct the interviews if necessary. The interviews would help to reflect a more in depth analysis of the consequences of the rules. 
    I am happy to discuss this further by e-mail, telephone or over coffee, as well as to answer any questions regarding the research or myself.  


Most of us suffering under the rules are reduced to skype and have to deal with difficult distances in their relationships – please take this opportunity to share your experiences and how you deal with the distances.