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Dublin to expel deserted immigrants

By Henry McDonald

DUBLIN, JULY 18. The Dublin Government is threatening to deport immigrants on the grounds that their marriages to Irish citizens have broken down.

Women who have worked legally in Ireland for several years face being thrown out of the country because their partners have left them and their children.

Notices of deportation were served within days of the Citizenship Referendum restricting access to Irish passports for the children of immigrants born on the island after 1998.

Zimbabwean-born Darlene Blume, a 31-year-old mother of two, was one of those to receive a letter from the Department of Justice. The letter arrived at her flat in northwest Dublin on 21 June, the day of her wedding anniversary.

The letter states that the Justice Minister Michael McDowell is "... not satisfied that you are residing with your Irish citizen spouse in the State as part of a family unit and accordingly, you are a person whose deportation would, in the opinion of the Minister, be conducive to the common good."

Mrs. Darlene arrived in Ireland with her husband — the son of Irish and Zimbabwean parents — in June 2001. Because her spouse held an Irish passport she was able to work legally and obtained a job in customer relations for the Aer Lingus at Dublin Airport. Six months later she brought over her two children from a previous relationship, Roshaun and Kimberly, to Dublin from Harare.

She claims her husband walked out on her and the children at the beginning of this year leaving her and them in a legal limbo.

"I begged and pleaded with him to stay but he will not come back. There is nothing more I can do because I can't force him to return to us. All of this was not my fault and yet my children and I are being threatened with deportation." — Guardian Newspapers Limited 2004

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