Wiltshire

Campaign over Swindon teenager's Afghan deportation

A Swindon teenager and her mother have started a campaign to stop the girl's boyfriend from being deported.

Mohammed Pardesi, 18, said he fled Afghanistan when his brother was killed by the Taliban. He has lived in Swindon for two years.

He is now being sent back by the Home Office, which said its decision to refuse his application had been upheld by the courts.

Emma Williams has said she will move to Afghanistan with him if he is deported.

Mr Pardesi said he was "heartbroken".

"I feel so sad, I am making my life here, my girlfriend, friends, everything," he said.

"If they send me back my life is finished. I am not sure I can find anyone in Afghanistan."

Miss Williams, from Upper Stratton, said: "He doesn't know if his family are alive or not. It's really scary."

Her mother Sue said she spoke to a woman in Bristol who had successfully campaigned for another Afghan student, who was granted indefinite leave to remain, for advice.

She said she had started a petition which she hoped to send to the Home Office and the prime minister.

A Home Office spokesman said: "We have considered Mr Pardesi's application very carefully, and our decision to refuse his application has been upheld by the courts.

"We would rather individuals like Mr Pardesi make a voluntary departure from the UK when they have no basis to remain here, but enforced returns are necessary to uphold the integrity of the immigration system."

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