Equality News Update: STV News: Woman who faced deportation wins fight to stay in Scotland

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A Chinese woman who faced deportation from Scotland has won her fight to stay after a lengthy battle.

Charity volunteer Chennan Fei has lived in the UK for 16 years, but for the last five has been fighting Home Office attempts to send her to China.

The 30-year-old was due to face an immigration hearing in Glasgow on Thursday, however the ministerial department now intends to drop the case.

Usman Aslan, Ms Fei’s lawyer from Glasgow-based McGlashan MacKay Solicitors, said: “The Home Office have looked at the evidence and our representations submitted for Thursday’s big hearing and have withdrawn with a view to not only reconsidering their position but recommending a form of status for Chennan.

“McGlashan MacKay Solicitors are delighted with this result as we have worked extremely hard to fight such an injustice. I’m glad that common sense has prevailed in the end.

“The support Chennan has had from the public, from SNP councillor Annette Christie and her MP has been phenomenal. We will never give up on our client’s cases.”

Living in Renton, West Dunbartonshire, Ms Fei came to Scotland at the age of 13 with her parents who were studying at Glasgow University.

Despite building her life in the UK, getting a degree at Edinburgh University and becoming engaged to a Scotsman, she faced deportation because her now-estranged parents did not renew their status with the Government.

Last year a judge at the Court of Session in Edinburgh ruled that officials attempting to send Ms Fei to China had not acted in accordance with the law.

 

Read more at: https://stv.tv/news/west-central/1433918-woman-who-faced-deportation-wins-fight-to-stay-in-scotland/

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