Theresa May Grant Reker Immediate Citizenship After Being Brutally Attacked.
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For 1000+ years people have been coming to the British Islands to seek a better life, people of all nationalities and races.
Reker Ahmed is no different. Although he only recently arrived in the UK in the hope of finding sanctuary, the Kurdish-Iranian teenage asylum-seeker who was allegedly beaten up by up to 30 people outside a Croydon pub on Friday night has become a familiar face in the area, which is home to a bustling Kurdish community.
West Croydon is thousands of miles from 17-year-old Reker Ahmed’s real home. But his friends say that this is where he has whiled away his afternoons after college since arriving in the UK, sometimes having tea or playing dominoes at the Middle East Shisha, a traditional tea house off London Road. Here, the community is in shock over the suspected hate crime that left Reker with a fractured skull and a blood clot on the brain.
Farhad his friend said he was struggling to understand how his Reker, “a quiet boy who stayed out of trouble”, came to be assaulted. “We never saw him fighting,” he said.
For Reker, the future may be uncertain: strict rules put in place by the Home Office mean that asylum-seekers can spend months or years barred from working while their applications are processed. Farhad said he had spent 11 years in the UK as an asylum-seeker and was still not allowed to work. He said he had been subjected to numerous hate crimes, particularly in the initial years when he was still unable to speak English properly.
We call upon Theresa May to grant Reker immediate and permanent residency in the UK and full protection of the law.
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