UK FGM Immigration Case: Woman Fighting to Prevent Deportation

A woman fighting to prevent deportation on the basis that her daughters will be victims of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) has won the right to temporarily stay in the UK, after her MP intervened. Afusat Saliu obtained temporary  refuge in the UK so that her one-year-old and three-year-old daughters are not subjected to the cutting she had to undergo as a child. This case has been in the spotlight due to campaigning by those against FGM. Here we will state the facts of the case and discuss some of the requirements of the Home Office for those who wish to be recognised as a refugee.

UK FGM Immigration Case

Afusat Saliu, 31 is a Nigerian national who feared that should she return to Nigeria her young daughters would be subjected to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Her MP George Mudie wrote to Immigration Minister James Brokenshire on two occasions asking him to intervene in the case. It now seem that his last minute intervention has workerd and  Afusat Saliu has been granted stay in the UK temporarily.

MP George Mudie stated:

“The assumption is that this is a pause,” said Mudie. “I would be extremely disappointed if they tried to detain her while this is still going on. This is so important and sensitive.

“[Brokenshire] has got to satisfy himself that he is absolutely certain that these children are not in danger. It would be unforgivable if anything happened to these children if they go back.”

Claiming Asylum In The UK

Although, Afusat Saliu has not obtained asylum in the UK, others who fear persecution for similar situations may be able to apply for asylum.

To be recognised as a refugee, you must:

  • have left the country you’re a national of or, if you’re stateless, the country you usually live in
  • be unable to go back because you fear persecution
  • be unable to live safely in another part of the country you left
  • have failed to get protection from authorities in the country you left

This persecution must be because of your:

  • race
  • religion
  • nationality
  • political opinion
  • membership of a particular social group that puts you at risk because of the social, cultural, religious or political situation in your country – eg your gender, gender identity, sexual orientation

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