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."

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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.

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A-level student deported to Mauritius: I am all alone

An A-level student deported back to Mauritius last night has told ITV News she is alone in the country that her family fled in 2011. Yashika Bageerathi was flown back despite pleading with ministers to let her stay until after her exams.