Syrian doctor says he would rather go back to Aleppo than stay in 'miserable' Britain
Published 21/10/2016 | 09:39
Syrian doctor has said he would rather go back to Aleppo than stay in Britain after living at a hostel in south London and a "miserable place" in Cardiff since arriving less than two weeks ago.
Abdul Kader al-Zuebi, 28, who has three British relatives and a British fiance, said his time in the country so far had been made unhappy by Home Office delays which he claims have made it difficult for him to find a home or gain employment.
Dr al-Zuebi, who once worked as a Syrian army medical officer, said he has a German passport but applied for asylum in Britain and has now been barred from working.
He claims officials have refused to return his passport since he arrived at Stansted airport 12 days ago.
"I am living in hotels for the last 11 days, I can't go anywhere," he said. "The Home Office are refusing to let me leave. They don't know where my passport is."
He added: "They (Home Office) took me from the airport, to a hostel in Dulwich, after four days they took me to a miserable place in Cardiff."
He said he once earned £6,000 a month as a doctor but now in the UK had been subjected to "bad" beds in hostels and food that is "not better than normal", so had decided to stay in hotels.
"I have had to spend my nights in five star hotels like the Marriott and The Four Seasons," he said.
"I had to sell my Rolex for £3,000 to pay for my rooms."
He added: "I want to work and support myself and I have told them I want to be deported. I've been turning up here for several days.
"They say they are not going to send me back to Syria."
He pledged to sleep outside the Home Office building in Croydon until he was deported, but shortly afterwards he was arrested for a public order offence.
He was seen being dragged from the building, bent over in a restraining position by six officers on Thursday afternoon.
A spokesman for Scotland Yard said: "At around 3.30pm officers were informed of a disturbance at Lunar House.
"They arrested a man on suspicion of a public order offence.
"He had been remanded in a south London custody suite. Enquiries continue."
The Home Office said it would not comment on individual cases.