Syrian refugee ‘so thankful’ to be in UK after landmark legal case

Published: Friday 22nd January 2016 by The News Editor

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A Syrian refugee who has been brought to Britain from “The Jungle” in Calais in a landmark case said he feels “so thankful” to be in the UK and thanked his British lawyers.

The 17-year-old had an emotional reunion with his older brother as he arrived at London’s St Pancras station along with three other refugees who will stay in Britain while their asylum applications are processed.

The teenager, who cannot be identified for legal reasons but the Press Association is calling Muhammad, said he was overwhelmed with emotion to see his brother again after more than 18 months.

He said: “I feel so thankful because I would never have imagined I would be reunited with my brother.”

He added: “I want to thank the lawyers who went that extra mile to reunite me and my brother. I feel so thankful.”

His brother said: “I thank the British people who have helped and I want to thank the Government and the British press who have shed a lot of light on this issue.

“I thank every person who was part of this process – they have saved lives. They have saved people from death.

“They have saved lives and we will never forget all the hard work that went into it. I thank Britain as a whole.”

Muhammad was one of four Syrians who arrived in Britain on Thursday night after their lawyers used human rights legislation to argue they should be immediately taken out of the “intolerable” conditions of “The Jungle”.

They will live with their relatives in the UK while their claims for asylum are considered. The landmark case could pave the way for many other refugees in the Calais camp to be brought to Britain.

Muhammad said conditions in “The Jungle” were so bad that no human should have to live there.

He said: “Very little is provided there. There is no proper hygiene and no proper safety from illnesses. So many people have become ill, so many people are just waiting to be able to go to another place that is safe.

“It is a place not fit for humans. Humans should not be living in those conditions.

“Everyone is really helpless over there. Everyone is really depressed, there is a great sense of depression because they have been there so long. It is just awful.”

Published: Friday 22nd January 2016 by The News Editor

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