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Youth's deportation goes ahead
Elton Ismaili
Elton Ismaili is being held in an immigration centre
A 19-year-old asylum seeker who arrived in Britain six years ago was deported on Thursday morning after losing his fight to stay in his adopted country.

Elton Ismaili, who arrived from Kosovo as a 13-year-old in a lorry, settled with foster parents Kevin and Karen Harris in Kesgrave, Suffolk.

Mr Harris said they were disgusted at the deportation and would explore every avenue to get him back to England.

The couple spoke to him briefly on the phone to say goodbye on Wednesday.

Mrs Harris said: "He did sound a little bit brighter but I think that was because be was going to be getting out of the detention centre where he was being held and planning ahead to how we can get him back."

Mr Ismaili's family and friends' fight to allow him to stay was backed by Labour Euro MP Richard Howitt.

On Wednesday afternoon Mr Howitt said the Home Office had rejected the teenager's appeal.

Mr and Mrs Harris began fostering Mr Ismaili almost four years ago. They have seen him gain 11 GCSEs, hold down a job and start full-time further education at Suffolk College in Ipswich.

He left his war-torn homeland five years ago after his family village was bombed.

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