Deportation fight pair win 3-year reprieve to stay
9:48am Thursday 10th May 2012 in News
A MOTHER who feared for her own and her daughter’s life if they were deported to Bangladesh has won her fight to stay in Bolton.
Farida Yeasmin, who has thyroid cancer, fled Bangladesh in 2006 after she says she endured years of abuse at the hands of her in-laws.
She claimed she also faced religious persecution when she changed her faith.
Ms Yeasmin and her daughter Banna, aged 16, made a new home in Halliwell, but had their asylum application refused.
But now the decision has been overturned after she took the appeal to an Immigration Tribunal.
Ms Yeasmin has been granted three years discretionary leave to remain in England.
The 36-year-old said: “People campaigning for me did a very good job. I want to say thanks to everyone who has supported me.
“I was surprised how many people helped, there were more than 50 people. I think people helped because they have known me for a while and know I am a good person and my situation and that I deserve this.”
A petition containing hundreds of signatures was passed to the Home Office.
After the hard work of campaigning Ms Yeasmin is now going to focus on beating cancer, for which she is undergoing treatment.
Campaigner Margaret Manning said: “We are glad they will now be able to settle to make themselves a life here, working and studying and carrying on the contribution to the community they are already making.
“They have had to be very strong to keep going, especially given their health problems. Thanks to all who gave them practical and moral support during this difficult time.”
Ms Yeasmin claims she was forced to work “like a servant” for her husband’s family from the age of 19.