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Find out how to support visas for Fairtrade producers
March 10th, 2017 2:13 pm

Please write to Robert Goodwill, the Minister of State for Immigration,
to ask for visas to be issued to Fairtrade producers

We invited two producers from Palestine to talk at our customer events during Fairtrade Fortnight which is a highlight of our year. It was incredibly disappointing that just two days before Fairtrade farmer and community leader Bassema Barahmeh, and Canaan Fair Trade's marketing assistant Lamis Zamzam were due to travel they were told their visas had been declined.  This happened despite the UK government's stated policy that it wants to support business with Palestine. 

So we are lobbying Robert Goodwill, the Minister of State for Immigration, to ensure that visas for 
Fairtrade producers are issued in the future, and we are even hoping that Bassema and Lamis may be able to come later in the year. It would be really helpful to have your support.  To help, just click on the image below for a letter that you can edit, and then email direc...

Bassema Barahmeh speaks about why she wanted to visit the UK
March 8th, 2017 3:20 pm
Message of support from Colchester school to Bassema & Lamis #WhyNoVisa
February 27th, 2017 7:56 pm
Fairtrade Farmer Bassema Barahmeh introduces herself
February 25th, 2017 5:20 pm
Fairtrade farmer and community leader Bassema Barahmeh, along with Canaan Fair Trade's marketing assistant Lamis Zamzam, were denied visas for business travel to the UK for Fairtrade Fortnight just 2 days before they were due to leave. We asked them to record a few short interviews so that their British and Irish customers could hear more about them and their lives.

February 25th, 2017 11:25 am
Bassema Barahmeh and Lamis ZamzamWe were so looking forward to welcoming Palestinian Fairtrade producers Bassema Barahmeh and Lamis Zamzam on their first visit to the UK this week for a packed schedule of talks, trainings and presentations.
The events had been organised under a SUSY-funded project highlighting the social and solidarity economy, in partnership with Think Global, Waterford One World Centre and the Cooperative College
However, at the last minute their visas have been denied on the grounds of their insufficient personal income and lack of family dependents to prove sufficient ‘ties to their home country’. 
Despite having launched their application process before Christmas, and the decision having been made on 18th January, Bassema and Lamis were told they could not be informed of the final decision until 22 February, just two days before they were due to leave on their journey. This left them with no time to submit additional paperwork in support of their claim, and means th...