Wife who can’t learn English facing deportation


The 47-year-old second wife of an ailing Luton grandfather, aged 73, may be deported by the Home Office back to Pakistan after she found English too difficult to learn.

Mr Mohammed Akram of Wigmore, Luton, who has five grand children from his first marriage, married Mrs Yasmeen Akram who came to the UK more than two years ago.

Birmingham Immigration and Asylum Tribunal where Mrs Akram appealed against a Home Office decision to deport her back home, was told how she had her stay in the UK extended.

But the Home Office said her stay was never on a permanent basis and that she always faced the prospect of being deported.

One reason was her failure to learn to speak English, said Mr Matthew Lister, representing the Home Office.

He said migrants to this country were now expected to learn to speak English.

Mrs Akram was accompanied by an interpreter at the hearing.

She said through her legal representative, that she had tried to learn to speak English but had found it too difficult.

The tribunal was told that Mr Akram was a British citizen who had resided in this country for 40 years and was well respected in the Luton community.

But he suffered from diabetes and heart trouble and his memory was deteriorating, it was said.

His family gave evidence on his behalf and warned he would face severe hardship if his wife was deported because she looked after him.

The tribunal was told that Mr Akram kept going on a “cocktail of treatments” and that he depended on his wife’s help.

Mr Lister suggested that Mr Akram could live in Pakistan with his wife if she was deported and that he could continue having medical treatment for his ailments in that country.

But this was rejected by the family who said Mr Akhram could not be expected to travel to Pakistan in view of his health.

Medical treatment was also considered to be more efficient in the UK, it was said.

The tribunal is to make a decision at a later date.

The family declined to comment after the hearing.