19-year-old Yashika Bageerathi has been fighting deportation following a decision by the Home Office declared for her to return to Mauritius after her asylum claim was denied.
The teenager who came to the UK with her mother and siblings 2 years ago, to flee domestic violence in their home country.
As she is now over 18, and deemed legally an adult, her claim was treated separately from the rest of her family.
Bizarrely, the Home Office is yet to make a decision about the applications of the rest of the family, stressing that Yashika had to leave the country after numerous appeals to stop her deportation.
Yashika’s friends from school have staged a high-profile protest outside the Home Office for a week urging the authorities to let the student stay in Britain. A page set up to stop the deportation has gathered up to 164, 000 signatures on the website change.org.
School Principal, Lynne Dawes, at the Oasis Academy Hadley in north London, where the teenager is currently studying for her A levels, told Sky News that deporting her would be insensitive and could jeopardize her chances of getting a good start in her career.
She said that Yasheeka only had 2 weeks to complete her A levels and that the Home office could at least allow her to finish her studies before sending her back to Mauritius, otherwise, all the hard work of preparing her for the exams for the last 2 years would be wasted.
Two attempts to remove the teenager from Britain have so far failed with airlines British Airways and Air Mauritius refusing to fly the student.
Speaking from a detention centre, Yasheeka told Sky News about her frustration at being kept at the centre saying she had hoped that she would have been released so she could continue her studies.
She also said that she wanted to see her family, friends and would like to ‘just live a normal life’.