Scotland’s Minister for Migration has intervened in the case of a Dumfries family facing deportation.

Ben Macpherson MSP has written the UK Immigration Minister, Caroline Nokes MP, about the welfare of Dami and John Samuel who have lived in the UK for over twelve years.

Mr Macpherson, who was introduced to the family in parliament by local MSP Joan McAlpine, told the UK Minister:

“It is of particular concern to me when I hear that young people, who entered this country legally as children, who have spent their formative years here, and who have the potential to make a valuable contribution to our society, are being served with removal notices which threaten to separate them from their friends, their communities, and their future careers”

Mr Macpherson pointed out that John, now aged 12, had lived his whole life in the UK and Dami, who has just celebrated her 21st birthday, has spent all her adult life in Britain and was unable to take up an offer of midwifery studies because of her immigration status. Their mother Christiana, a nursing assistant, is also prevented from working because of her visa withdrawal.

Mr Macpherson wrote: “I greatly value all those who have the ambition and potential to make a valuable contribution to healthcare in Scotland, by joining our dedicated NSH workforce.  However, due to the family’s current situation, Dami has unfortunately been unable to take up her place”

Ms McAlpine was delighted by the Ministers intervention saying:

“Ben Macpherson has written a very strong letter to the UK Minister who of course has all the decision making powers over immigration.  His letter is polite but also persuasive and I hope it will encourage the UK Government to reconsider their decision and allow the Samuels to stay.

“It is a lovely 21st birthday present for Dami”

Miss Samuel has also been nominated for the ‘Unsung Hero’ at this year’s inaugural Year of the Young People awards.

Ben Macpherson MSP, Minister for Migration, letter to Minister of State for Immigration, Caroline Nokes MP attached.