Don’t deport me, I’m British!

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In the last decade, the UK has deported 3,800 young adults who arrived in the UK, many being cared for in foster-care for long periods, having arrived as unaccompanied asylum seekers.

The BBC shows a documentary which shares the stories of three young men who came to Britain when they were children and who have grown up and who, rightly so, consider themselves British. However, when they turned 18, the British government ordered them to return to their countries of birth.

The documentary shows Bashir facing deportation to Afghanistan. He fled aged nine after seeing his father shot by the Taliban. He has lost all contact with his family, speaks English fluently, as opposed to his native Dari, and is petrified of returning. Francois was deported to Jamaica in March, where he has not been since he was seven. He is struggling to cope with his new family life and the violence on Jamaica’s streets. Do the crimes he committed in Britain justify separating him from his four-year-old son? Bok was sent back to Bangladesh in 2015 just as he was finishing his A-levels, after seven years living in Eastbourne. You can watch the documentary on BBC IPlayer.

What we see at AAF

These scenarios are something that I have seen a lot with my clients. There is a difference between being deported and asked to leave Britain. Specifically, deportation refers to someone who has committed a crime and who for reasons of public protection is being ordered to leave the UK; whereas being ordered to return to a country of origin is as a result of noncriminal immigration ruling.

I have worked with dozens of families in these situations, mostly being asked to return to their country of origin owing to noncriminal immigration ruling. The common themes have been children at risk of being separated from a birth parent or other family member who plays a pivotal role in the day to day functioning of their life. If the family member were to return, family life would be thrown into chaos because of their input into that child’s life. There have been rare situations where clients have committed crimes.

I have noted that often these families are already experiencing significant struggles, such as mental ill health as severe as suicidal thoughts and complex post traumatic stress disorder and poverty owing to their immigration status which restricts them from having an income so they can be financially stable. These are the two main problematic factors that families are facing and what follows is a string of other problems, such as isolation, depression, low self-esteem, children having difficulties academically and socially at school, restrictions from opportunities afforded to others and a strong sense of hopelessness. The list is not exhaustive and varies from family to family.

How AAF can help you

Individuals and Solicitors come to AAF on recommendation; often by third party recommendation. We provide reports, known as an ‘Article 8’ or ‘Human Rights’ Report which is used as part of the individual’s legal bundle for representation to the Home Office or Tribunal. Our reports tell the individual’s story and to ensure that their report stands out, so the reader does not see them as another number or just another case. We have a 99% success rate in making strong contributions to the success of our client’s cases. Additionally, we provide brief family support as standard which means families get help with things such as reviewing their household bill payments, a free break in the UK and charity applications for financial or practical support.

I remember Sabina (name changed for confidentiality) who had been experiencing domestic abuse and left her husband which made created problems with her immigration status.  She was depressed and suicidal and I can recall going through a safety plan with her and providing her with other support.  When I called her the following week and the week after that, she said that she was feeling so much better.   Those are the kinds of families that will always stay with me.

One of my many proud moments was receiving positive feedback from that a Judge had used seven paragraphs to quote areas of my report which assisted them in being able to make the right decision for the family who had appealed the Home Office’s decision to refuse their application for leave to remain in the UK.

“I found Ms Louis’ report to be thorough, compelling and very helpful and I accept her findings.”Judge Munonyedi

Our input has meant that families have been able to stay together, the quality of their lives have improved dramatically, and they now feel like truly accepted members of their community because they can make valued contributions.

It makes us happy to know that we can fulfil our ethos and aim of keeping families together. You can see our other testimonials here.

Find out more

Whether you are a Professional or an individual AAF can help. How?

We provide a range of reports and assessments to help Immigration and Family Law Solicitors. Find out more here.

If you or anyone you know are having immigration or family issues and need support or an assessment, AAF can also help. Find out more here.


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