Holiday to Jersey cancelled for refugee

A group that brings refugees and former political prisoners on holiday to Jersey has cancelled one trip this year.

Organisers say a woman who was caught up in the Syrian uprisings was due to visit the island next week.

But the woman and her fiance, recently arrived in the UK, were told they should remain there whilst their refugee application is considered.

Norman Ridley, secretary of the Prisoners of Conscience Holiday Fund, said: "They have no official status, no UK passport, no immigration authorisation at all."

Mr Ridley added: "They can leave the UK if they wish but obviously they would have trouble getting back in again."

He explained that the woman had arrived in the UK from Iran and was now seeking official refugee status.

Whilst her application is considered she has been advised to remain in the UK and would be refused entry by Jersey's immigration department.

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