Monday, November 04, 2013

Taxpayers' £10,000 bill to teach failed asylum seeker to fly: Ethiopian given...

(Nov 04, 2013, (Daily Mail))--Taxpayers face a bill of tens of thousands of pounds so a failed asylum seeker can train to be a pilot. Yonas Admasu Kebede will be given flying lessons costing £10,000 even though the Government says he must leave the UK next year.

The 21-year-old from Ethiopia will also get up to £10,000 in living expenses. A council is being forced to pay up after a court ruled it must meet Mr Kebede’s education costs after leaving school. Critics called the decision a ‘blank cheque’ which is ‘deeply unfair’ on taxpayers and questioned whether learning to fly should be paid from the public purse.

The council is also funding Mr Kebede’s younger brother, Abiy, 20, to start a degree at Manchester Metropolitan University. The Kebedes came to the UK with their older brother and father in 2004. Their asylum application was refused but they were granted discretionary leave to stay in the UK until November 2014.

Shortly after their arrival, they were abandoned by the older family members. They were placed in council care in Newcastle and attended a local comprehensive, where they attained GCSEs and A-levels. Read more from Daily Mail »

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