Scottish children’s commissioner reiterates asylum fears

    The children’s commissioner for Scotland has reiterated
    concerns over the treatment of asylum seeker children who face
    deportation following a dawn raid on family in Glasgow,
    writes Maria Ahmed.

    Kosovar asylum seekers Isen and Nexhi Vucaj, and their three
    children aged 13, 16 and 18-years-old, were taken from their
    home this week after their asylum application was turned down.

    The family, who came to Britain in 2000, were said to be still
    fearful of reprisals if returned to Kosovo.

    Kathleen Marshall called on the government to stop dawn raids
    and to give “urgent” consideration to alternatives to
    detention.

    “I find it difficult to contemplate that anyone could
    justify allowing uniformed strangers to wake children in their
    beds, handcuff their parents in front of them and remove them in a
    manner that shuts off any possibility of gathering treasured
    belongings and saying good-bye to their friends,” she
    said.

    Marshall suggested there should be an “amnesty” for
    asylum-seeker families that had been in the UK for a
    “considerable” time, and argued that no children should
    be removed from their parents because of destitution.

    “Whatever is done to address this must respect the human
    rights and dignity of everyone involved, and international
    commitments such as the refugee conventions, the European
    Convention on Human Rights and the UN Convention on the Rights of
    the Child,” Marshall added.

    Marshall is currently leading a joint campaign on the rights of
    young asylum seekers with the three other UK children’s
    commissioners.

     

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