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I’ve experienced the hostile environment – that’s why I’m determined to end it

I arrived in the UK just over eleven years ago from Brazil, eager and ready to build my career and life many thousands of miles away from home.

Fast forward to 2018 and I have just received in the post my first British passport. Hooray? Yes, hooray now, but even though I was lucky enough to first “enter” the UK immigration system in pre-“hostile environment” times, the journey from being a Brazilian citizen to a British one hasn’t been easy.

There were the exorbitant fees – for a spousal visa, indefinite leave to remain, and finally citizenship – the intrusive document …

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  • User AvatarDavid Evershed 4th Jul - 2:29am
    Some define their left wingness by how much they hate Conservative policies rather than any positive criteria.
  • User AvatarMike Read 4th Jul - 12:23am
    Good post, thank you. As someone who voted in every leadership contest the party has ever had I am very undecided this time! In the...
  • User AvatarLorenzo Cherin 4th Jul - 12:04am
    The coalition is only the disaster it is for some because it was then a one off, as far as some think. This is skewed....
  • User AvatarAlan Jelfs 4th Jul - 12:02am
    Could someone explain to me how Britain is a better place now than when the coalition ended in 2015?
  • User AvatarLorenzo Cherin 3rd Jul - 11:57pm
    Actually the description of George about left wing failure or otherwise, is very interesting but I disagree with it. It would be more a case...
  • User AvatarJohn O 3rd Jul - 11:54pm
    Don't want to do another coalition but want to change the voting system to PR that would result in coalitions?