Cancel the flights: Home Office deports 11 Syrian men
This is appalling. The Home Office has deported 11 Syrian asylum-seekers including those with family in the UK. Some as young as 18. They landed in Spain with nowhere to go, no food, no water despite the 32-degree heat. They are homeless and hopeless.
One of them said that his time at Brook House detention centre near Gatwick brought back memories of being held in an underground jail in Syria. Despite their trauma they were all told to quietly board the plane or escorts would force them in. “I was so happy when I reached the UK but the way I have been treated by the UK has destroyed me,” one of the men said.
The asylum seekers said many of them were removed from the UK without their identity documents.
None of them know what they can do now.
“We don’t know what to do. We are sitting a few hundred yards away from the airport. We have no food, no water, we don’t know where we can go. We are homeless and hopeless,” he said.
Read more about what happened in this Guardian article.
These vulnerable people have lived through violence and persecution in the most dangerous countries in the world. The UK should not be another hell for someone who has escaped war.
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