The Price of Love

2015 ,    »  -   10 Comments
Ratings: 8.53/10 from 91 users.

In far too many instances, the current family migration laws in the United Kingdom are working to keep spouses apart from one another, and denying the children of these marriages from one of their parents. This crisis serves as the foundation for The Price of Love, an emotionally devastating documentary short which places an all too human face on misguided public policy.

The UK laws regarding spousal immigration were revised and passed with great controversy in 2012. These revisions stipulated that British citizens needed to earn a minimum income of 18,600 pounds annually before their non-resident spouses could live with them in their home country. Why? The government argued that these restrictions were put in place to prevent a drain on the country's economy and an injustice to its taxpayers. But in truth, the law has imparted grave financial burdens on many struggling families, and has also served as a major deterrent to the sanctity and security of the modern family unit.

Just ask Alison Tanik. She lived in Turkey with her husband and two children when her mother was struck ill back home in the UK. Alison returned home with her children to be by her mother's side with the intention of only staying a few weeks. The rise of ISIS soon resulted in unforeseen difficulties in gaining entry in or out of Turkey, and the restrictions set forth by the British government concerning spousal immigration further complicated the issue. Now, her two children must live without a father, with the exception of the occasional few minutes they spend with him on Skype.

The UK component of Alison's plight is not an uncommon experience, as evidenced by the host of weary interview subjects who populate the remainder of the film. They are frightened of what may become of their future, and resentful that the place of their citizenship no longer represents a safe harbor for them and their families.

In the end, the justified opposition to the law whittles down to one essential theme, which is trumpeted by a protester during an activist's rally depicted early in the film. "Family life is a right," the protester's sign reads, "not a privilege."

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10 Comments / User Reviews

    Polar Jo
  1. Polar Jo

    A good and well represented story. Highlighted is the problem of every top down bureaucracy, that is imposed without 'town hall' reviews and revisions. People, unfortunately, do not fit into square holes.

  2. Luke Webb
  3. Luke Webb

    Once again the UK government not taking into account the lives of people outside their bubble.

  4. Mohamed Adly
  5. Mohamed Adly

    It just amazes me how they let an European person who is married to a non EU Citizen in the the UK and live happily, but when a British person decides to be with an non EU Citizen they aren't allowed to live in the UK, this system is so corrupt and so unfair, I mean I'm talking from experience I have a British wife and a 2 year old son, and another son coming on the way next week, Yet I can't live with my wife and support her and my children so she has to claim benefits from the government yet if I was living there and working she wouldn't need to...this is the most retarded immigration system there is.

  6. David Tristan Thomas Gostelow
  7. David Tristan Thomas Gostelow

    Thank you for making this great short film. I'm a Brit preparing to leave my home country, probably forever. I will leave my friends, my family and my career, all just to be able to live with my wife. I've been putting off watching this, as it all gets me so angry, worried and sad. Most sad of all is the feeling that I'm not wanted or deemed worthy by my own country. Not only by the government, but also by the British people. I've become more and more convinced that the majority of the public really do support these rules. I'm lucky that I'm in a position where I am able to leave. Unlike many others who will probably see the silly rules get worse rather than better.

  8. Blaice
  9. Blaice

    This is absurd, F the UK government. America has so many flaws, but thank god I live in a country that would revolt if this s*it was even attempted. Absolutely atrocious policy. Disgraceful in every aspect. Especially considering the fact that home ownership and withstanding debt are not even contemplated as factorable into the overall income.

  10. Teardoor
  11. Teardoor

    What makes me laugh is the government claim that people are able to live off £70 a week if that were the case and a married couple with no children who had no debt or mortgage would be able to live off £7280, so how did they get a £18700 figure... this doesnt make any sense!!!

  12. Paul
  13. Paul

    I'm so sorry for everyone whose story was told in this movie, as well as all the commentators. The Home Office can really be very difficult sometimes.

    I am an EU citizen, and I just moved to the UK with my non EU husband. I moved here for my studies, and he followed. Seeing this movie made me realize how lucky we are. We had the funds, we had the legal history and all the proofs they needed, and so far we haven't had problems. I realize now we were lucky.
    I wish luck and perseverance to everybody here fighting for their rights.

  14. Petra Hernandez
  15. Petra Hernandez

    My story! Almost bankrupt trying to get my husband from Vzla to USA (Pto Rico). By the time he almost made it, he fell ill (not critically) but was left to die due to inefficient care at University Hospital. Husband was a well known Presidential Award Winner in Peru for for work on the computer applied to Law system, still employed as a Law Professor. Yet, all around me people with drug bupsinesses have made it here very well. In the USA we are also suffering from a government who doesn't put families first, or people first, for that matter. Thanks for speaking up. Perhaps thru Internet we will be able to change the world. Someone has to.

  16. Jan
  17. Jan

    Retarded immigration system, I don't think so. The system has been one of the best.
    People took advantage of it, they had no choice but to clamp down. That's a shame for the rest.

  18. Zan
  19. Zan

    Yet, if you are a refugee, you can bring your whole extended family even if you do not have a place to live. Many arrive directly from the airport to the homeless unit and get housed. This is not an anti-immigration rant as I am an immigrant. It is the reality. The way I see it is UK citizens should also be given the right to bring their family to the UK and there needs to be some flexibility and each case taken on its own merit. I feel so bad for the people in this documentary.

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