This morning I raised the case of Bashir Naderi again in Parliament.
Bashir came to the UK as a child refugee over 10 years ago and has made his life in Cardiff, attending school and college here.
I first met Bashir when his family came to me for help in November 2016. The Home Office were attempting to forcibly remove him from the UK, and have tried to do the same this year.
Bashir is a Cardiffian. He’s been educated here and is ready to use his skills to make a contribution to the city he loves.
Along with Bashir and his family I presented a 14,000 signature petition to the Home Secretary. I have also made representations on his behalf directly to the Home Office and in the House of Commons but I have, as yet, had no response from the Home Secretary.
That’s why I pressed the government today on their policy on child refugees. I believe it is inhumane and unfair and I want to see it changed.
I asked in Business Questions in the House of Commons for a debate on the government’s current policy so that MPs can debate the issue and push for changes.
Bashir’s case has also recently been the subject of a BBC Three documentary, alongside a number of other similar cases from around the UK.
Jo Stevens, MP for Cardiff Central:
“Thank you Mr Speaker. My constituent Bashir Naderi came to the UK over 10 years ago as a child refugee from Afghanistan. He saw his father murdered by the Taliban there.
“The Home Office tried to forcibly move him back there last year, and are attempting to the do so again this year.
“So can we have a debate on the inhumane government policy on child refugees being removed when they reach the age of 18.”
Rt Hon Andrea Leadsom MP, Leader of the House of Commons
“I’m sure the honourable lady will have raised this already with the Home Office and I encourage her to continue to do that, and I completely understand that support for child refugees is absolutely vital.
“This government has provided a home for many child refugees and will continue to do so. But on the specific case she raises I do encourage her to continue to liaise directly with the Home Office.”