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Family Migration Income Threshold is Too High

The minimum income requirement to be able to sponsor family members to come to the UK is out of reach for too many people, according to recent research.

The research, by campaign group Migrant Rights Network, found that 47% of the working population earn less than the required £18,600 threshold. Many people can be in full time employment and still fall short of the threshold, because the national minimum wage only gives them a full-time salary of around £13,200.

In addition, the research claims that there is effectively a “postcode lottery” when it comes to who is able to afford to bring their loved ones to live with them in the UK. It found than in 74 British parliamentary constituencies, less than half of workers earn enough to meet the minimum income threshold.

Areas worst affected are to be found in the North West and South West of England, whereas the ten areas with the highest average earnings are all in London.

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