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Charities call for more compassionate immigration policy


Suicide by denied Russian asylum seekers’ family leads to the demand

10th March 2010: After a family of Russian asylum seekers denied refugee status ended their lives, calls for a more compassionate immigration policy can now be heard loud and clear.

In fact, about 30 protesters gathered outside an immigration office in Glasgow following the deaths of the father, mother and son, appealed to the authorities concerned for more compassion in Britain’s immigration policy.

The three had plunged 15 stories from a block in a Scottish housing complex on Sunday. The family was among thousands of asylum seekers living in public housing in Glasgow.

As of now, more than 5,000 asylum seekers live in Glasgow from countries like Eritrea, Afghanistan, Zimbabwe and Sudan.

Even as Prime Minister Gordon Brown made clear his plans to meet an MP on the issue, a charity, Positive Action in Housing, said they were calling for a public inquiry into the suicides, as there could be more instances like this.

Robina Qureshi said the case may not be isolated; and it was normal for families fearing deportation to come to the charity threatening suicide, rather than return to their home country.

She asserted there was a great deal of mental strain and it was normal currency for people to talk about ending their lives as a viable alternative to destitution or removal.

Group director Qureshi said they needed to know more about the role of the UK Border Agency and Strathclyde Police.

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