Britain’s “minimum income requirement” restricts citizens and legal residents who earn less than £18,600 ($24,000) from bringing their spouses from outside Europe to live with them. Journalist Ismail Einashe looks at the consequences of this threshold, advanced by now-Prime Minister Theresa May when she was home secretary, on parents and children. Einashe describes how the 2012 law has created thousands of “Skype families” who go years without seeing one another, and how its opponents warn it will lead to a brain drain from the United Kingdom.
Minimum Income Required: U.K. Migration Rules put a Price on Family Unification
Ismail Einashe is a British-Somali journalist based in London. He is a panelist on Dateline London on BBC News, an Ochberg Fellow at the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and an associate at the Cambridge University Migration Research Network.