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Rallying for the right to residence

National organization sets September 8 as date to gather in support of people seeking protection in Britain.

The National Coalition of Anti-Deportation Campaigns invites all supporters of immigration reform to attend its annual series of events to be held at Praxis Community Projects in East London.

Founded in 1995, the Ncadc aims to support community-lead campaigns to fix the deportation and asylum policies in the United Kingdom as well as provide relief for immigrants and their families treated unjustly by the current system.

The primary draw of the event will be the official launch of the organization’s campaigning toolkit containing information and advice for small local advocacy groups to improve their message and functionality.

Entertainment will be present in the form of a debut production of Mazloom, a theatrical piece created by and based on the experiences of young Afghan individuals seeking political asylum in London.

The conference will provide a review of the Ncadc’s progress over the past year and host legal workshops on changes to immigration rules, family migration, and the implications of Article 8 law on deportation and asylum procedures.

Controversy has recently surrounded the government’s attempts to redefine their right to interfere in private lives. Due to a new interpretation of Article 8, an adult applicant for settlement in the United Kingdom must have lived in the country for at least 20 years.

Even if an applicant can prove the 20 years residence they must then accumulate 120 additional months in order to be considered a full resident, leading to a much longer path to settlement that many believe is unfair and inconsistent with the true spirit of the law.

The conference will begin at 10:30, and lunch will be provided.

For more information, call 0141 334 1333, 0207 749 7616 or visit Ncadc’s website at http://ncadc.org.uk.

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