MPs and charities have condemned the Residence Workplace for “shunting” younger Afghan refugees across the UK “like cattle”, as new proof emerges of kids being moved out of London resorts weeks earlier than their GCSEs.

The Observer has uncovered a rising variety of circumstances of Afghan households being compulsorily relocated out of London by the Residence Workplace regardless of being about to begin their exams on 15 Might. Andy Slaughter MP, the shadow solicitor basic for England and Wales, has battled unsuccessfully to stop the elimination of three younger Afghan individuals residing in bridging resorts in his constituency, Hammersmith in west London.

Regardless of assurances they’d overview her case, the federal government moved 18-year-old refugee Yalda Nadiri and her household in opposition to their will to a resort in Leeds a month in the past. Nadiri, who has discovered English previously 18 months and desires to turn out to be a health care provider, has been unable to discover a new college place and can now be unable to sit down her exams.

Two Afghan brothers, Gurpreet and Karanjeet Bindra, are having to commute for as much as 4 hours daily from Chingford in Essex to proceed GCSE revision classes at their college, William Morris sixth kind in Hammersmith. Their household fled Afghanistan when the Taliban seized management, made their technique to Iran partly on foot, and are in search of asylum within the UK.

Slaughter mentioned: “Every little thing about that is flawed. Traumatised younger people who find themselves succeeding regardless of all the chances in opposition to them are having their schooling sabotaged.”

He added that the Residence Workplace had not too long ago secured new resort lodging close to William Morris, the place all three have been pupils, and the college is determined to have them again, “however the Residence Workplace received’t budge”.

Final week, the Observer revealed that two Afghan ladies at Fulham Cross ladies’ college could miss their GCSE exams as a result of the Residence Workplace is transferring their households out of London in two weeks’ time. Faculties preventing to maintain their Afghan college students say there’s not sufficient time to discover a new college and settle in earlier than exams begin, and it’s unlikely a brand new college will likely be finding out the identical syllabuses and books.

Matthew Gibney, professor of politics and compelled migration on the College of Oxford, mentioned serving to younger refugees to realize {qualifications} and careers was the easiest way to combine them into society.

“To deal with them like cattle and shunt them across the nation at brief discover is short-term pondering with long-term prices for the person refugees and society as a complete.”

Talking from her household’s new resort in Leeds, Nadiri mentioned: “In London, I used to be very comfortable and dealing arduous for my exams. Now I’ve been right here for a month and I’ve no college. Day by day and each week feels the identical.”

She was resulting from sit exams in English, maths, biology, chemistry and physics in Hammersmith, however the college she utilized to in Leeds has mentioned it can’t settle for her this 12 months. “It’s my childhood dream to be a health care provider and I wish to end my schooling,” mentioned Nadiri.

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Matt Jenkins, assistant principal at William Morris, her former college, mentioned: “These younger individuals aren’t being assimilated, they’re being dumped. I can’t imagine we reside in a rustic the place this has turn out to be the norm.”

He mentioned that, regardless of residing for a lot of months in cramped resort bedrooms with their households, all three Afghan pupils had labored arduous for his or her exams alongside studying English.

Commuting for as much as 4 hours a day was proving “exhausting” for the 2 boys, he mentioned, and he anxious about how their households would discover the £250 a month for journey.

Mark Davies, head of campaigns on the Refugee Council, mentioned: “These households wish to rebuild their lives and get well from the trauma they’ve skilled, however they’re unable to take action as a result of they’re reduce off from society and lacking out on very important schooling.”

He mentioned the charity was “deeply anxious” concerning the many Afghans who have been being “shunted from resort to resort”.

A spokesperson for the Residence Workplace mentioned: “We’re proud this nation has supplied houses for greater than 7,500 Afghan evacuees, however there’s a scarcity of native authority housing for all in London, and resorts don’t present a long-term resolution.”

The spokesperson added that college locations have been the duty of the native authority to which refugees are moved.


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