Friends fight deportation

TWO days after failed Kosovan asylum seeker Elton Ismaili was deported, Ipswich MP Chris Mole has said there is nothing more he can do for an Ipswich teenager expected to be to be deported any day.

TWO days after failed Kosovan asylum seeker Elton Ismaili was deported,

Ipswich MP Chris Mole has said there is nothing more he can do for an Ipswich teenager expected to be to be deported any day.

Elton Hysesani, 19, of Cambridge Drive, Ipswich, arrived in the UK aged 14 from Albania.

A colleague, who worked with Mr Hysesani in the NHS, said: "We heard he was arrested last Thursday night but we did not find out until Monday . He is now on his way back to Albania. I think it is a disgrace. He went to school here, he has got a job, he supports himself and he isn't a sponger.

"He is a really nice chap and it seems stupid to educate someone then send them away."

A second colleague, who also did not wish to be named, said: "We are all really shocked. Elton is a nice guy, he is outgoing and everyone knows and likes him. It is very sad news he is leaving."

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Ipswich restaurant worker Elton Ismaili, also 19, was deported to Kosovo on Thursday despite a campaign by his Kesgrave foster family and his friends in Ipswich for him to stay.

Mr Hysesani's friends also made a last minute appeal to try to stop the deportation but Mr Mole said he was unable to find any exceptional circumstances in his case.

He said: "Again, at the 11th hour, I have had a fax from people who are supporting him. I have had a detailed look through it but I cannot find anything exceptional about the judgement that has been made.

"There is no doubt that this was a young man abused by people traffickers when he was younger. But he has been through the process of application and appeal as far as I can see and the adjudication has determined that Albania has markedly improved its protection to people who were once victims."

Mr Mole said he spoke to immigration minister, Tony McNulty, about the case but added Mr Hysesani had come to the end of the legal process.

He said: "There is nothing more that can be done. Only if you are at risk of persecution you can apply for asylum. If you are not then he should apply for a work permit."

A spokesman for the Home Office said: "We do not comment on individual cases. All asylum claims are given full and careful consideration.

"Once a decision has been made, applicants may initiate an appeal process if they disagree with it. No one is removed from the country if they have an appeal outstanding.

"Once a failed asylum seeker has been notified of the final determination of their appeal they are expected to leave the United Kingdom or face enforced removal action. Removal is always done in the most sensitive way possible, treating those being involved with courtesy and dignity.

"Failed asylum seekers will have already been served with enforcement notices informing them of their immigration status and of their liability to detention and removal should their appeal fail."

Do you know Elton Hysesani? Should he be allowed to stay? 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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