Hundreds of Iraqi Kurdish asylum seekers in Hull threatened with deportation

Submitted by AWL on 18 July, 2006 - 12:02

From the International Federation of Iraqi Refugees (IFIR).

Hundreds of Iraqi Kurdish asylum seekers in the city of Hull are being sacked from their jobs. Their employers have suddenly told them: "You are illegal in this country and you should contact the Home Office".

These same Iraqi Kurdish asylum seekers previously had permission to work and they worked for more than 3 or 4 years, and now they don't know what to do. The Home Office has asked them to go back to Iraq "voluntarily" when they have just settled in England.

At least 7,000 Iraqi asylum seekers, many of whom have been settled in the UK for more than five years, face imminent removal and are now living in a climate of fear.

In response, the International Federation of Iraqi Refugees (IFIR), which has over 1,000 members among Iraqi asylum seekers, is supporting the asylum seekers' demonstration in Hull. IFIR expects over 500 Iraqi Kurdish asylum seekers and members of the IFIR to gather at Pearson Park at 12 noon on Saturday 22 July 2006 and then march to the BBC at 1 o'clock.

The asylum seekers urgently need your support: with your support this policy can be reversed. We are calling upon all of you to come and join us in our
demonstration in an effort to stop the deportation of thousands of Iraqi asylum seekers.

IFIR is calling:

  • For a halt to plans to deport Iraqi asylum seekers
  • For Iraqi asylum seekers to be granted leave to remain in Britain as victims of war
  • For the immediate release of all detained Iraqi asylum seekers
  • For Iraqi asylum seekers to be entitled to the same rights to work and benefits as other British residents

For further information, please contact :Hussan on 07746075312.

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