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Supporters visit deported family
Vucaj family
The Vucaj family's deportation sparked a political row
Campaigners protesting against the deportation of failed Kosovan asylum seekers have embarked on a fact-finding mission to northern Albania.

Actor Peter Mullan and human rights campaigner Robina Qureshi are hoping to see the Vucaj family who were expelled last month.

The family had lived in Glasgow for five years and were deported following two dawn raids.

The campaigners hope to find grounds for the family to return to Glasgow.

The case instigated the development of a protocol between the Home Office and the Scottish Executive over the treatment of children in deportation cases.

We are determined to bring them back home. After all, Saida Vucaj belongs to Glasgow
Robina Qureshi
Positive Action in Housing

Mr Mullan, who wrote and directed the acclaimed film The Magdalene Sisters, and Ms Qureshi, who is director of Positive Action in Housing, plan to spend two days with the family, the youngest of whom is 13-year-old Saida.

They hope to be able to make a case to the Home Office on their return to the UK.

Ms Qureshi said: "We're here to establish the humanitarian and compassionate grounds to pave the way for the Vucaj children's return to Scotland.

Child trafficking

"We will also be finding out more about child trafficking, which is a multi-million dollar business in Albania and is stopping girls like Saida going to school or leading a normal life.

"Saida's heartbreak and upset has been felt by people across Scotland and other parts of the world.

"We are determined to bring them back home. After all, Saida Vucaj belongs to Glasgow."

The Drummond Miller law firm has offered to represent the Vucaj children and take up their case with Home Secretary Charles Clarke and First Minister Jack McConnell.


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