‘Exceptional’ SL student’s deportation halted hours before she was due to board plane

‘Exceptional’ SL student’s deportation halted hours before she was due to board plane

‘Exceptional’ SL student’s deportation halted hours before she was due to board plane

Written by Keshala Dias

28 Feb, 2017 | 4:12 pm

Shiromini Satkunarajah, who is an exceptional engineering student was to be deported to her birth place, Sri Lanka. She is a student at Bangor University, who has just three months left to complete her degree.

Iestyn Pierce, Bangor’s head of electrical engineering, described Satkunarajah as “exceptionally able and diligent”.

“I have no doubt that Shiromini would achieve first-class honours,” he said.

Shiromini was arrested on Tuesday and taken to Yarl’s Wood Detention Centre.

She has lived in the UK since she was 12 years old, when her parents fled the Sri Lankan civil war.

However, a petition was filed, calling on Home Secretary Amber Rudd to grant Shiromini leave to remain. The petition had gathered 16,000 signatures, which halted her deportation hours before she was due to board plane.

However, it remains unclear what happens next for Shiromini.


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