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This student could be killed because we deported him

Last night, the UK Home Office decided to send Majid Ali back to the place where his family members have been ‘disappeared’ or murdered

Last night, the Home Office deported Majid Ali – a man studying languages in Glasgow – back to Pakistan, despite the fact that he was granted asylum here in 2011 and he claims that members of his family have been murdered in the country. Ali and his friends fear that he will suffer the same fate, as he's been spoken out about the oppressive regime that is said to have killed his family.

Majid Ali was detained on Friday while he was attempting to file an asylum request. He's been deported because the private college he was about to study business at in London lost its license. As opposed to allowing him time to find a new course and letting him seek asylum, the government has sent him back to the country that killed his family members.

Hoem Secretary Theresa May said last year that she wanted to force international students home as soon as they graduate and according to Politics the Home Office deported 48,000 students after accusing them of fraudently passing their exams, a charge many say is totally false.

Here's everything you need to know about the case, and the campagin to #BringBackMajid

HIS LIFE IS IN DANGER

The government recognised this when they granted him asylum in 2011. His family are pro-independence activists in the Baloch Republican Party in Balochistan, Pakistan. Activists in groups like this have been routinely targeted by the Pakistani goverment and "disappeared" or killed over the past decade. His brother disappeared in 2010, the year Ali fled to the UK in order to seek asylum. Ali says that his uncle and cousin were killed tow months ago. Given that he's been outspoken about the regime, he fears that if he goes back he will face death.

SCOTTISH MPS WANT HIM TO STAY THERE

Chris Stephens is the SNP Member of Parliament for Glasgow South West and Ali's local MP. He filed an early day motion in Parliament asking the Home Office to reconsider Ali's plight. Stephens said, "Majid will be in danger of physical harm, and even death, if he is deported". 46 out of 59 Scottish MPs signed it, meaning that this decision was made mainly by English MPs. Basically, if Scotland was independent then Ali would still be in Glasgow.

STUDENTS CAMPAIGNED FOR HIM TO STAY

The NUS and his Student Union at Glasgow college rallied around him and protested outside Home Office Scottish HQ and at Heathrow Airport. #DontDeportMajid was trending on Twitter last night as his flight left the ground at Heathrow and took him to Pakistan. Sanjay Lago, the president of the City of Glasgow college students' union, said that Ali was a "bubbly, friendly person who everybody knew. We won't stop the campaign here, this has really opened the eyes of so many people about how this kind of deportation can happen to someone they know, and we're going to fight to stop this happening again."

THERE IS A STRANGE MYSTERY SURROUNDING THE CASE

The Home Office make a point of not commenting on individual cases. While this protects sensitive information it means that we don't hear their side of the story. There is no way to hold anyone to account when they haven't given justification for why they deport the people they do.

THE SYSTEM HAS BEEN DESCRIBED AS "BARBARIC"

MP Chris Stephens has met with Balochi activists who say they believe Ali could be in grave danger if he went back to Pakistan. Theresa May, the Home Secretary, refused to make a statement and the immigration minister, James Brokenshire didn't respond to Stephens' request for a meeting. Stephens said: “It really brings home to me, as a newly elected MP, how barbaric the system is. It is particularly disrespectful not to respond to any of my concerns about my constituent.”

THE REASON HE'S BEEN SENT HOME SEEMS SO TRIVIAL

The college he was due to study at lost its license. Ali isn't accused of crime or terrorism, he's a student who has settled here and been granted asylum. Why send him home to a place that may end up killing him?

#BringBackMajid