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24 April 2018

Canadian woman’s experience proves scandal extends beyond Windrush

A woman who lived, worked and raised a family in the UK for 44 years was told to leave because she was deemed irregular. The Guardian reported on Margaret O’Brien’s case  — who left her native Canada in 1971 to settle in Britain.

Her case is significant because it proves the Home Office’s hostile treatment towards migrants is not restricted to the Windrush generation, but extends to people from other Commonwealth countries, as well as to other migrants.

In 2015, O’Brien’s disability allowance was suspended and she received a Home Office letter which stated that she had no right to be in the UK and would need to make arrangements to leave immediately. After years of struggle which burdened O’Brien financially as well as emotionally, she was able to finally prove her right to remain when her case worker discovered an old stamp in her expired Canadian passport to prove that she was in the UK legally.

The full story can be found here: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/apr/24/canadian-woman-told-to-leave-uk-margaret-obrien