Sunday October 25, 2020

This Life: Families worlds apart

The Irish-Born Child Scheme has resulted in thousands of lone migrant mothers struggling to bring up children in Ireland without their husbands, writes Siobhán Brett.

7th April, 2012
Some 17,000 lone parents are affected by the Irish-Born Child Scheme, which was introduced in 2005. Photo: Getty

If, when separated from your family, you were asked to sign a form that relinquished your right to be reunited with them, would you sign it?

Patricia lives in suburban Dublin with her daughter, aged nine, and her son, who is almost three. They live without their father, Patricia's husband.

Patricia is neither separated nor widowed - she's a Nigerian woman with leave to remain in Ireland on the basis of her parentage of an...

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