Woman deported from the U.K. after 27 years of marriage

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She had only had £12 in her pocket and no other clothes when she was deported to Singapore on Sunday. A Go Fund Me page to raise money for her legal fees passed £8,000 after the news broke that she had been deported. “Irene has nowhere to go in Singapore, both her parents have passed away – her whole life is here in Britain,” her sister-in-law wrote on the page. The government’s spousal visa system requires the British partner to prove earnings of at least £18,600 and the couple being able to show long stretches of uninterrupted time living in the UK. Clennell lost her leave to remain as the time she spent out of the country when her parents were dying was too long. Her last visitor visa expired last year and she was sent to a detention centre in Scotland. The charity Migrant Voice says a campaign is starting to bring her back to Britain, considering her case “yet another example of how arbitrary policies tear apart families and ruin lives”.

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