UK government tells 83 year-old Chilean dad in Glasgow to go home to…Nigeria
London, March 14, 2020 (AltAfrica)-In a bizarre and unpardonable situation in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom, an 83 year old Chilean man has been told by the British government to return home to Nigeria.
Mr Glesen has over 40 years strong link to Glasgow having resided in the city from 1075 to 1986 as political refugee during the General Augusto Pinochet regime
Now his daughter is fighting to keep her octogenarian dad in Glasgow amid a bizarre refusal letter from the Home Office in United Kingdom
And despite travelling from South America to Europe in 2019 spending most of the last five years between Scotland and Chile, he has been told by the Home Office to go back to Africa, precisely Nigeria. Why Nigeria?
The Glasgow Times reported how, in a written decision, the Home Office refused his application to stay in the country and told Mr Glesen “You should have prepared yourself for the possibility of return to Nigeria”
When challenged, the Home Office said it was a ” mistake” but Ms Glesen believes it to be a symptom of lack of attention being paid to decisions that seriously affect people’s lives. But others think it shows the stereotype against Nigeria in the heart of British government
To corroborate that line of thought, Mr Glesen’s daughter and his lawyer believe the section citing Nigeria has been “cut and pasted” from another refusal to a different applicant and is evident their case has been a victim of stereotype judgement rather than a proper consideration
Mr Joseph Rasmussen of Jones Whyte representing the family is deeply concerned about the reference to Nigeria. “My concern is it is evident they have not considered the application in its entirety. The mention of Nigeria reinforces the presumption that they haven’t considered it fully”