A Deaf boy who has been battling to stay in the UK has been given a last minute reprieve by the home office.
Lawand Hamadamin has made remarkable progress since joining Derby’s Royal School for the Deaf, learning sign language and making friends. However, the authorities have tried to deport the family to Germany, where they first arrived.
The reprieve does not mean he can stay in the UK indefinitely – but it does mean that his family can continue their fight. There is a petition you can sign to support him here.
From the Telegraph:
Last month his shocked parents were given the devastating news by the Home Office that they are likely to be deported to Germany.
But this week Lawand and his family, who were due to be deported on Monday, have been given a last minute reprieve so they can continue their fight to stay in the UK.
The Home Office had told the Hamadamins they had to return to Germany, which they passed through on their way to Britain.
But their legal team has had the decision to deport deferred while a High Court judge examines the case.
Lawand’s father said: “We are extremely relieved that we have been granted some more time to prove to the Home Office why Lawand needs to stay in Derby.
“He has made incredibly good progress since coming to this school and we are desperate for this good work to continue.
“He would go back to the beginning if we were removed and the deportation would be frightening and devastating for the whole family.
“We would like to thank the school and all the people who have campaigned to help us.”
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