11 October 2021: BBC: Are asylum suicides an unfolding national tragedy?
After fleeing his native Eritrea as a child and living for years as a refugee, Henok Zaid Gebrsslasie hoped to make a life for himself in the UK. Aged 23, he was found dead at a mental health facility in Coventry, West Midlands, and is thought to have taken his own life. His death is one of a growing number among young asylum seekers which a charity said could just be the “tip of the iceberg”.
“We do not know how many young people have died and [the government] do not seem to know either – so how can you be aware of the scale of this issue, how can you prevent further deaths if you’re not sure how many people it affects?” added Mr Hunter.
An investigation by the charity has found more than a dozen deaths in recent years, which it describes as an “unfolding national tragedy”.
Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-58791463.amp
Channel 4 programme Life through the eyes of an ‘invisible’ migrant from January 2020
They have no papers, no status, no right to remain.
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The Voice: Strawberry Slavery: Exclusive: Voice investigation into ‘exploitation’ of Caribbean migrant workers on British farms.
“The workers say they came to the UK in June as part of the government-backed UK Farm Labour Programme and have worked on three different farms but have since left and are ready to return back to the Caribbean after “being treated unfairly” and “exploited” for financial advantage. “
A GROUP of Caribbean workers say they were treated ‘like slaves’ on British farms.
Three workers, who who are all from Barbados, claim they were promised a “chance of a lifetime” but were used as “slave labour” on strawberry farms in Scotland and Norwich.
Read more here: https://www.voice-online.co.uk/news/2021/10/10/strawberry-slavery/
9 September Guardian: Teenage Afghan who feared UK would deport him killed himself
Inquest hears 19-year-old, who arrived before Taliban takeover, was thought to be victim of modern slavery
A teenage asylum seeker who feared he would be deported to Afghanistan killed himself this year in Birmingham, a coroner has concluded.
The Guardian is not naming the 19-year-old at the request of family members in Afghanistan who say that doing so could put them at risk.
The inquest in Birmingham heard the teenager had arrived in the UK as an unaccompanied 13-year-old after fleeing persecution in Afghanistan and claimed asylum. He was granted temporary leave to remain in the UK until the age of 18 but was then at risk of deportation and had to make a further asylum application to the Home Office.
He was anxious about whether he would be allowed to stay in the UK. The Home Office has sent thousands of refused asylum seekers back to Afghanistan, including those who arrived as unaccompanied children once they turned 18.
The inquest heard he had told his personal adviser, Stacy Clifford, who was supporting him in his transition from childhood to adulthood and independent living, that he was concerned about his immigration case.
Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/sep/08/teenage-afghan-feared-uk-deport-him-killed-himself