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Calls for Air Mauritius to refuse to fly A-level student

Hundreds of people have been tweeting and calling Air Mauritius airlines to ask them to refuse to carry 19-year-old student Yashika Bageerathi, due to be deported back to Mauritius later tonight.

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.@airmauritius Please don't deport Yashika Bageerathi -you'll be separating her from family, putting her in danger &disrupting her education

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Hi @airmauritius Please refuse to fly #Yashika Bageerathi. You did the right thing on Sunday, so please refuse again

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URGENT! Yashika to be deported 9pmfrom Heathrow on Air Mauritius #FightForYashika Email reservations_mru@airmauritius.com @saveyashika Now!

Read: A-level student's emotional plea to remain in the UK

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Yashika 'very distressed and worried' by deportation

Mauritian student Yashika Bageerathi is "very distressed and worried" after learning that she will be deported tonight, a spokesman for her school said.

Listen: A-level student's emotional plea to remain in the UK

Yashika Bageerathi. Credit: PA

The 19-year-old is being taken from Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre in Bedfordshire to Heathrow airport for an Air Mauritius flight at 9pm.

A spokesman for Oasis Academy Hadley in Enfield, north London, said: "She is on her way in the van but I really hope we can keep her here.

"We're encouraging everyone to tweet Air Mauritius and to phone them to stop this."

Listen: Student facing deportation appeals to minister

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Mauritian student Yashika to be deported tonight

Mauritian student Yashika Bageerathi, 19, is being driven to Heathrow and will be deported tonight, according to a spokesman for the Oasis Academy Hadley in north London where she has been studying.

Yashika Bageerathi has been inside Yarl's Wood Removal Centre awaiting deportation. Credit: PA

Read: A-level student Yashika makes emotional plea to stay in UK

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British Airways refused to fly Yashika to Mauritius

British Airways have refused to fly Yashika Bageerathi to Mauritius, the home affairs select committee heard today.

The A-level student is currently inside Yarl's Wood Removal Centre awaiting deportation, despite the campaign to enable her to stay to complete her exams.

Watch: Yashika's mother says she is 'scared and lonely' inside Yarl's Wood

Listen: A-level student facing deportation appeals to minister

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Yashika: I just want to keep working for my A-levels

Detained student Yashika Bageerathi, who is facing deportation to Mauritius along with her family, has appealed to stay in the UK to finish her exams.

Yashika, who attended Oasis Academy Hadley in Enfield, north London, is a "fantastic student" who has been accepted to several universities, her school said.

Read: Top A-level student facing deportation

Speaking from inside Yarl's Wood, Yashika said she knew how hard she had been working for her A-Levels, and just wanted to do her exams.

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A-level student facing deportation appeals to minister

A Mauritian student facing deportation has appealed directly to immigration minister James Brokenshire to let her stay in the UK to complete her A-levels.

Speaking to ITV News UK Editor Lucy Manning on the phone from inside Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre, Yashika Bageerathi said she just wanted to return to school and finish her studies, adding: "I have worked so hard."

Read: Protests as school appeals over student's deportation

She is due to be deported, despite protests from her school and an online petition that has now gathered more than 170,000 signatures.

Mr Brokenshire told MPs on the home affairs select committee this afternoon that he would listen to Yashika's plea.

More: Top student due to be deported along with rest of family

Home Sec 'will not intervene' over Mauritian student

Home Secretary Theresa May will not intervene in the case of a Mauritian student at a north London school facing deportation from Britain.

Yashika Bageerathi's case has sparked protests from her fellow students. Credit: PA Wire

Immigration minister James Brokenshire said the Home Office's decision that Yashika Bageerathi does not need protection from violence or persecution in her homeland has been upheld.

The 19-year-old's plight sparked protests from her fellow students at Oasis Academy Hadley where she is due to finish her A-Levels.

"In these circumstances and given the extent and level of judicial and other scrutiny the Home Secretary has indicated that she does not feel that it is appropriate to intervene in these circumstances and that does remain our position," Brokenshire told MPs.

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