We 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...