As of November 8th, 2015, our online petition advocating for the free movement of citizens in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand has reached over 100,000 signatures and is continuing to grow.
In addition, the CFMO has received widespread media coverage across the world, including online articles published by the BBC and the NATO Council, TV interviews with 7 News Australia and TVNZ, and radio interviews with CBC News and numerous other radio stations world-wide.
Our campaign was also polled to over 183,000 people worldwide (courtesy of CBC News), of which, over 168,000 people (nearly 92%) voted strongly in favour of introducing free movement between the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
We have also worked closely with international think-tanks to establish the long term effects and benefits of introducing free movement, and the lessons we can learn from current free movement models, including the European Union and the Trans-Tasman Travel Arrangement.
Achieving over 100,000 signatures is a huge milestone for our initiative. Not only does it demonstrate the vast support for free movement between our 4 countries, but also categorises us as a global organisation who are determined to achieve visa & permit reform for the benefit of all law abiding, hard working citizens in the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
In addition, once our petition is submitted to the Canadian parliament (following the recent general election in October), achieving 100,000 signatures will be considered a huge accomplishment by the federal government, and we hope such recognition will achieve dialogue and debate by ministers in Ottawa, and allow for eventual policy change with respect to free movement.
We will also be re-connecting with our contacts in the UK, Australia and New Zealand to inform them of our petition's new milestone, and in doing so, hope our efforts will be recognised further by their respective governments.
We could not have achieved these remarkable accomplishments without the support of individuals such as yourselves, who have signed our petition and shared it via social media and word of mouth. The CFMO receives no private or public grants, and we rely solely on the generous donations of our supporters who have helped fund our advertising and media campaigns.
Our aim, at the beginning of 2015, was to accomplish significant reform in the UK, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand parliaments regarding free movement by the end of the decade. Now, as of November 2015, and with over 100,000 signatures on our online petition and thousands of followers on our social media sites, we are getting closer and closer to achieving that goal every day.
From everyone here at the Commonwealth Freedom of Movement Organisation, we sincerely thank you for your continued support and efforts, and we are honoured to lead the way in campaigning for free movement on behalf of our supporters world-wide.
C.F.M.O Founder & Executive Director