The Bishop of Bangor, the Right Reverend Andy John, has joined calls for the deportation of Shiromini Satkunarajah to be stopped and that she be allowed to complete her degree course.
Bishop Andy said, “It is a travesty that a conscientious, 21 year old woman is to have 3 years of hard work cast aside for the sake of three months.
If she does have to return to Sri Lanka, then just think how much more she could achieve, not just for herself and her family, but as a role model for other young women in that country with an excellent degree in engineering. At the moment she has nothing to show for her studies at Bangor University.
I remain unpersuaded that deportation is humane, fair or just and call upon the Home Office to suspend the process for this case to be examined specifically.”
Shiromini and her Mother were arrested in Bangor last week and were then taken to Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre. They have been booked onto a flight tomorrow night (28.2.2017). Lawyers are working on her case, but time is limited.
UPDATE 28.2.2017 – Shiromini and her Mother have been released and have permission to stay until Shiromini completes her studies. The process of claiming asylum for them continues.