A profoundly deaf Derby school pupil has been told that he won’t now be deported to Germany after the Home Office agreed that the UK should decide on his future.
Iraqi-born seven-year-old Lawand Hamadamin’s application for asylum will now be heard in the UK following a 15-month campaign against the Home Office’s decision to deport him and his family to Germany.
Lawand arrived in Britain in 2016 after he and his family travelled in the back of the lorry from a refugee camp in Dunkirk, northern France.
He was enrolled in the Royal School for the Deaf Derby, Ashbourne Road, where he learned to communicate for the first time in his life and has since come on in leaps and bounds.
However his future at the school was threatened when the Home Office refused his application for asylum, saying that the decision was the responsibility of Germany, where it says the family should have claimed asylum according to the EU’s Dublin Regulation.
In December 2016, Lawand, his mum Golbahar, dad Rebwar and nine-year-old brother Rawa were told that they were to be deported to Germany, prompting a legal battle aimed at keeping them in the UK.
Backed by the school, solicitors working on their behalf argued that Lawand, whose cochlear implant was broken while he was living in France and as a result lived in silence with no means to communicate, would suffer irreparable harm to his linguistic and emotional development if he had to leave the UK.
Their efforts, backed by a 12,000-name petition, won a reprieve for Lawand and his family in January, when they successfully lodged an appeal against his deportation just days before they were due to leave.
Now the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, has agreed that the responsibility to decide his long term future lies with the UK, which will now deal with Lawand and his family’s application to stay via the country’s own asylum process.
It means that Lawand is free to continue living and going to school in Derby for another six months while the Home Office makes it decision.
Lawand’s father Rebwar said: “I am very happy and grateful to my lawyers and to everyone who supported us and who never gave up the fight to help Lawand.”
Helen Shepherd, head teacher of the Royal School for the Deaf Derby, said: “Lawand is a very special boy who has been through a great deal.
“We are thrilled at the news which will allow Lawand to continue the progress he is making in our school and will allow us to continue to support his education, well-being and development.”
Lawand’s claim was supported by DeafKidz International and the refugee organisation ABC, while he and his family were represented in their case by solicitor Aisha Abdul-Latif of Fountain Solicitors and barrister Gráinne Mellon of Garden Court Chambers.
Picture above shows: Profoundly deaf seven-year-old Lawand Hamadamin with his dad, Rebwar. Lawand is a pupil at Royal School for the Deaf Derby, has been told he will now not be deported to Germany after the Home Office ruled that the decision over his future lay with the UK’s asylum process.
For further information please contact Aisha Abdul-Latif of Fountain Solicitors on Tel 01922 645 429 or Chloe Ridyard at Garden Court Chambers on 02079937600.