A THREAT of deportation against a brother and sister who escaped an abusive family home in Iran has been lifted by the Home Office. 

Aysan Adamiat, 22, and her 15-year-old brother Armin have both been living in Castlemilk since February after fleeing their new stepfather, who they say would threaten to kill them daily.

We previously reported on the plight of the siblings to change the minds of the Home Office – or risk being forced to return to the ‘nightmare’ they spent so long trying to escape.

Now it has been confirmed a decision has been made to hear an asylum claim lodged on behalf of the pair in the UK.

The decision was communicated to the office of Stewart McDonald, MP for Glasgow South, who made representations to the Home Office on behalf of the pair, who faced deportation to Denmark.

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The family, who are Christians, fled to the Scandinavian nation from their birth country of Iran because of religious persecution and domestic violence.

They stayed there for two years with an uncle but their plea to remain in the country was refused. 

They came to the UK in December 2018 and moved to Glasgow a month later. Since then they have become an integral part of the local church and community, and Armin was looking forward to returning to St Margaret’s Secondary School.

They were also baptised and professed Christian at Castlemilk Parish Church.

Paul Cathcart DCS, a Deacon at Castlemilk Parish Church of Scotland in Glasgow, said: “Aysan and Armin are valued members of our church family and we are delighted that the threat of deportation has been lifted.

“This is a massive moment for us and all that we wanted to enable them to have a fair chance of making a case for asylum in the UK.

“This has been a traumatic and stressful time for them and they will be able to sleep more soundly in their beds without fear of another knock at the door in the early hours of the morning.”

Tracy Kirk, a children’s rights expert, and Glasgow Caledonian University law lecturer added: “This has been a complex case with lots of different anomalies and as such, it took the bringing together of a range of different professionals in a fairly unique way to ensure this case had the correct outcome.

“I am genuinely delighted that Scotland can now provide a place of safety for Aysan and Armin while they seek asylum here.

“The removal of them to Denmark and then onto Iran, where they would have faced religious persecution, would have been unlawful and I am delighted that the UK Home Office has finally realised this.

“No one should have to live with the uncertainty that the Home Office has imposed upon these two siblings.

“The basic lack of human rights, and indeed children’s rights, in this case, has been quite staggering.

“I’m delighted to have worked with those within the Church of Scotland to help ensure the safety and welfare of both Aysan and Armin.”