Family living in Sheffield in fear of deportation

Mohammed Al-Dallal with his six-year-old daughter and wife Credit: ITV News

A family living in South Yorkshire facing deportation say they fear for their lives if they are returned to Iraq.

Mohammed Al-Dallal fears he, along with his six year old daughter and wife, could be taken from their Sheffield home by immigration officials this week.

Mr Al-Dallal's claim for asylum was rejected after a judicial review despite the family having lived in the UK since 2013.

"I have settled here, my daughter has settled here, she is very happy now with her friends here with the school with neighbours and she is English now."

Mohammed Al-Dallal

Mr Al-Dallal, a former university professor, had been the cultural attache at the Iraqi Embassy in Poland. When his contract ended, he came to the UK as it was unsafe for him to return to Iraq. But asylum rules say he must claim from the first safe country he arrived in.

"I will be not safe in Poland. They will follow me and they will kill me and they will kill my family as well. There are many doctors and professors killed in Iraq."

Mohammed Al-Dallal

The Home Office told ITV Calendar that the UK has made a formal request to Poland to return the family there for their asylum claim to be considered. This request was accepted by Poland.

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