Monday, 04 June 2018 05:11


SNP Justice and Home Affairs spokesperson at Westminster Joanna Cherry QC MP has said that the case of Denzel Darku shows yet again that the UK government’s hostile environment policies are
‘damaging and callous’ and that Scotland wants ‘nothing to do with them’.

Her comments came as she raised the case of Mr Darku  at Westminster at Home Office questions. Mr Darku - from Ghana - has been training to become a nurse in Scotland – and also a baton-bearer as part of the Commonwealth Games baton relay for Glasgow in 2014 - as well as being a member of the Scottish Youth Parliament.
He had come to Scotland as his father had become an EU citizen – but is now being  threatened with deportation to Ghana. The Scottish Government has written to the Home Secretary, the case has been also been raised at FMQs at Holyrood – and has caused widespread concern in Scotland.
Joanna Cherry QC MP commented:
‘’The Tories hostile environment regime is damaging and callous – when we hear individual cases like Denzel Darku – the stupidity and cruelty of these policies is brought home to all of us. The evidence shows – a more equal, more diverse society makes for a more productive, happier society
“This young man is studying hard so he can become a nurse and work in our NHS yet he faces deportation. All this, at a time when Theresa May is resisting calls to see sense from even her own cabinet colleagues and allow skilled migration of health care workers to the UK.
‘’The UK government is failing our economy and our society. In the wake of the Windrush scandal, I called upon Theresa May to scrap her failed migration targets, her hostile environment policy, and to carry out a root and branch review of immigration policy, including devolution of powers over visas and immigration to Scotland.  It is appalling that the UK Government have not even had the courtesy to reply to letters from the Scottish Government championing Denzel’s case.
“A Scotland-specific migration system will allow us to prioritise what our economy and society needs – rather than having to abide by Tory plans to cut net migration, which we now know will cost our economy £10 billion a year. As we move closer to Brexit, we need the UK government to do more than simply drop their net migration targets – we need migration levels to be maintained, if not increased. In Scotland our demographic requirements mean immigration needs to be encouraged.
‘’We need powers over migration to come to Scotland – we want nothing to do with the Tories’ hostile environment regime . Scotland cannot continue standing by while the UK government damages our communities.”

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