[UK] An Asylum Seeker Was Deported to London Days Before It Went Into Lockdown


A Sudanese man who had been seeking asylum in Ireland was deported to London just days before the UK capital went into the highest levels of COVID-related restrictions. The man, who is in his twenties, was deported last Thursday despite Irish government assurances to halt such removals during the pandemic. Due to travel restrictions currently in place, he is unable to return.

He is also now homeless and without support as London shuts down under Tier 4 lockdown restrictions, in the face of a new, rapidly-spreading mutant strain of the coronavirus. His supporters in Ireland say the man, whose name is being withheld due to his ongoing asylum claim, is in ill health, suffering from a liver infection and hepatitis B. He had medical treatment in Ireland scheduled for March.

Source: https://www.vice.com/en/article/jgqd33/an-asylum-seeker-was-deported-to-london-days-before-it-went-into-lockdown
Publication: Vice
Writer: Luke Butterly