The Government of United Kingdom wanted to deport Kyle Herbert to Uganda, despite having lived in the county all his 22 years of life, Daily Mail reported on Monday.
Kyle told the Daily Mail that in 2015 he received a letter from Home Office, a ministerial department responsible for immigration, security and law and order — directing him to leave the UK or risk a £5,000 (over Shs22 million) fine, imprisonment and removal by force.
A resident of Shrewsbury, Kyle amidst the bombshell, was suspended for 2 weeks without pay by his employer, KFC — where he works as a plasterer, in order to prove that he was not an illegal immigrant.
After consultations with officials, however, Kyle found out that it was a bungle, and, according to the Daily Mail, he was asked by the Home office “to put a claim in for compensation.”
The Daily Mail, however, reports that Kyle now worries about travelling abroad as he says that he has never received any official assurance that the matter has been resolved.
Speaking to the Daily Mail about the idea of being deported to Uganda, Kyle said: “I explained the situation. I was hysterical. I told him that the idea of me being deported to Uganda was ridiculous.
“I told the guy on my phone, do I sound like I’m from Uganda?”
Kyle’s ordeal comes after the fire that the Home Office had come under under following reports that they were wrongly threatening to deport the Windrush generation, that is, people who came to Britain legitimately after World War II.
The Windrush Generation of Commonwealth citizens are being denied healthcare and threatened with deportation despite being residents in the UK for decades.
Many of the Windrush generation, named after the ship HMT Empire Windrush, came from African and Caribbean countries under a rule allowing freedom of movement within the Commonwealth.
Minors travelled on their parents’ documents and some never registered for a passport as they did not intend to travel abroad.
Now, because they never asked for documents proving their status and the Home Office did not automatically issue any, many are being asked to leave the UK.
The UK government did not state why it had picked Uganda as the destination for Kyle, but the Pearl of Africa has established itself as one of the biggest receptacle for refugees.
Recently State Minister for Relief and Disaster Preparedness Musa Ecweru revealed that Uganda was currently in talks with the State of Israel to set terms for relocating 500 Eritreans and Sudanese Refugees to Uganda.
Globally, there are three accepted means through which refugees seek asylum, and this is what the Ugandan government also follows. They are mentioned below as stated by Ecweru recently.
The first is resettlement, which is the selection and transfer of individuals from a state in which they have sought protection to a third state that been consulted and agreed to admit them as refugees.
Another offer given to refugees is voluntary and dignified repatriation, where after deciding to return home, the host country liaises with the Country of Origin and the international community, especially the UN bodies that manage Refugees to have the refugee back home.
The last option is for those who are unable to return home and the host nation decides to integrate them within its community. This is mainly for those who have stayed long in the Country.