Thursday, June 18, 2009

Gurkha veterans can Settle in England at Last

(This entry was originally uploaded on May 2009.)

It should have been done long ago. Still, better late than never. At last, the former Gurkha soldiers who served British Army will be able to settle in England. The British government has given in on the face a successful campaign led by celebrity actress Joanna Lumley.

BBC reported:

Under the measures outlined in the House, Gurkhas will be allowed to settle in the UK with their spouses and dependent children under 18.

Ms Smith said she expected to welcome 10,000 to 15,000 applications from Gurkhas over the next two years.

She added that some 1,400 outstanding applications for settlement currently before the UK Border Agency would be processed on the basis of the new policy “as a matter of urgency” before 11 June.

This news gives me immense happiness because it could at last bring some equality for the Gurkha soldiers who worked under British government for many decades. Many of them risked their lives and indeed died while fighting for England.

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