Asylum seeker Matt must quit job

IPSWICH asylum seeker Naematullah Rahmati has been ordered to quit his job as a mechanic causing another hammer blow to the youngster. The 21-year-old has been ordered to stop working as the latest in a line of blows since the immigration authority announced it was making him leave Britain and return to Afghanistan.

IPSWICH asylum seeker Naematullah Rahmati has been ordered to quit his job as a mechanic causing another hammer blow to the youngster.

The 21-year-old has been ordered to stop working as the latest in a line of blows since the immigration authority announced it was making him leave Britain and return to Afghanistan.

Mr Rahmati, known to his friends as Matt, has received staunch support from his employer Marcello Di Franco, of H&F Autos, Ipswich.

But the Home Office has now said he can no longer work at the St Helen's Street garage – leaving him with no income.

The Evening Star highlighted his plight last month after he was told he must return to Afghanistan because the country was now deemed safe.

Matt had fled to England at the age of 16 after his father was shot by the Taliban.

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He learned fluent English, trained as a mechanic and held down two jobs in a bid to generate his income while here.

Matt, from Victoria Street, Ipswich said: "It doesn't seem right. I was happy working at the garage and just wanted to carry on.

"I don't know if I'm entitled to claim benefits, but don't want to anyway - I want my job back.

"I won't be able to stay unemployed for long as I cannot afford it.

"People are offering me financial help but this is a big blow.

"My solicitors are writing a letter to the Home Office asking if I can work again but it could be a long time before I hear from them."

Mr Di Franco said: "I will help Matt financially as he's a friend, not just an employee, but he shouldn't have been put in this situation."

Matt, Mr Di Franco and Matt's wife Tanya appeared on ITV's GMTV last week as support for Matt's plight continued to attract national attention.

However, Mr Di Franco says it is still up to the people of Ipswich to get behind Matt.

He said: "It's all well and good having national support, but what we really want is for people here to carry on giving us their signatures and letters of support.

"The initial wash of support has started to die down as we've exhausted the efforts of everyone in the town who knows him.

"Now we want others to stop and help. Every signature helps."

Petitions supporting Matt have been set up at Ebony Ivory hairdressers, Woodbridge Road, and at Suffolk College.

He is now waiting to hear if an appeal on marriage grounds is successful.

Anyone wanting to support Matt can email Mr Di Franco at hfautos@hotmail.com

Do you support Matt's plight? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or send us an e-mail to eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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