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Bumi Thomas, Nigerian, Faces Deportation In UK. Given 14 Days To Leave by gentlemayor(m): 9:56pm On Jun 26
Musician born in UK given 14 days to leave the country

Bumi Thomas has been told she is illegal despite being born in Glasgow and spending most of her life in the UK

A musician born in the UK faces being kicked out of her home because of a little-known change to Home Office legislation.

Bumi Thomas was given 14 days to leave after being told she is illegal despite living here most of her life. The rising jazz star grew up thinking she was British, attended university in the UK and has legally worked and paid taxes since graduation.

However because her parents are Nigerian, she now faces deportation and being separated from her family and friends. The situation bears a chilling resemblance to the Windrush scandal, which saw many people deported in error after decades of life in the UK.

Ms Thomas was born in Glasgow in June 1983 to parents who came over from Africa in the early 1970s. In January 1983, Margaret Thatcher’s Tory government changed the British Nationality Act that removed the automatic right of citizenship for children of parents from former colonies.

The singer’s parents should have registered her but were unaware they needed to do so. In a twist of irony, Ms Thomas’ elder sister Kemi was born one year before the Act and has always had legal status.

The musician, 36, believes she is a victim of an increasingly hostile attitude by the Home Office to migrants in the UK. She told the Mail on Sunday: ‘My parents came here at the end of the Windrush era. ‘I had a National Insurance number, I had my birth certificate, I’d got a driving licence, a bank account, I went to college.

‘At no point during that process was there any indication I was doing anything incorrectly.’ Speaking to Metro.co.uk, she continued: ‘I have never had any question in my mind that I’m British and Scottish. ‘And that’s something I’m proud of. But according to a piece of paper, suddenly what I think about myself isn’t valid. It’s an illusion.’

At the age of three-and-a-half, Ms Thomas and her family returned to Nigeria. She came back to the UK as a teenager, thinking she automatically had dual British-Nigerian nationality.

After graduating with a degree in fine arts from Bath Spa University she began to work and moved to London, where she now lives with her sister.

It was only at the age of 25 when she went to apply for her UK passport that she was told she was never registered as British. The Home Office was told she had technically overstayed in an illegal capacity.

Ms Thomas said her case was classed as ‘complex’ and she was told to use human rights legislation rather than immigration laws to fight it. That marked the start of an ‘exhausting and expensive’ decade-long legal battle.

Two weeks ago she received a letter from the Home Office saying her application for permanent residency had been unsuccessful. She was given 14 days to appeal or face detention without notice.

Ms Thomas has since lodged an appeal and is awaiting a court hearing. The musician, who has performed at the Royal Festival Hall and London Palladium, continued: ‘My parents had no idea of the law change.

‘This was in an analogue age, where correspondence was written and there was no social media.’ She added: ‘When I was told I wasn’t British, I was shocked and devastated.

My soul and my spirit were screaming. ‘Nigeria is foreign to me and I am a foreigner there. I’ve been in the UK for 18 years.’ Ms Thomas’ grandfather came to the UK to study medicine and she said her parents were also given a warm welcome as part of the Windrush generation – when people from former colonies came to the UK to rebuild the country after the Second World War.

She said their treatment was in stark contrast to the way the Home Office was now treating her and thousands of others who ‘fall through the cracks of the system.’ She added: ‘There is a stigma attached to being an immigrant these days.

‘At no point did I ever think I was doing anything wrong. ‘When my parents came over they were welcomed but now it is different. There are people who have lived in the UK for 30/40/50 years facing hostility.’

Ms Thomas continued: ‘The Home Office right now has a hostile environment policy, a set of administrative and legislative measures that are designed to make staying in the UK as difficult as possible for people like me.’

The musician should be making her US debut at the Ford Theatre in Los Angeles in October but the immigration issues mean that is now in doubt. She has launched a gofundme page to help towards legal costs, which are already at £7,000 and rising.

Ms Thomas’s lawyer, Fahad Ahmed, said she missed out on automatic citizenship by a matter of months and added: ‘Courts take a less harsh view than the Home Office, and if someone can prove their life is here, the courts will use their discretion.’

The British Nationality Act 1948 gave citizens of British colonies the right to settle in the UK. Since they had the legal right to come to the UK, they never needed nor were given any documents upon entry. In what later became known as the Windrush scandal, many were wrongly detained, denied legal rights or deported in administrative blunders.

The Home Office is set to pay up to £200 million in compensation to people whose lives were damaged by their mistaken classification as illegal immigrants. The Home Office has been contacted by Metro.co.uk about Ms Thomas’ case.

Source: https://metro.co.uk/2019/06/26/musician-born-uk-given-14-days-leave-country-10074909/?ito=cbshare

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Re: Bumi Thomas, Nigerian, Faces Deportation In UK. Given 14 Days To Leave by MrBrownJay1(m): 10:19pm On Jun 26
as sad as it may be, just because you were born and lived all your life somewhere (undocumented) does not automatically means your are now a national of that country. any foreigner can get a National Insurance number, birth certificate, driving licence, a bank account, go to college, and still not be British.

the law changed 6 months before she was born, she and her family bloody well knew it...

BTW how does she expect to go perform in the US if she has no passport?!

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Re: Bumi Thomas, Nigerian, Faces Deportation In UK. Given 14 Days To Leave by Truthwords: 10:23pm On Jun 26
Welcome home. I laugh at Nigerians in diaspora, you guys will never be seen as one of them.

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Re: Bumi Thomas, Nigerian, Faces Deportation In UK. Given 14 Days To Leave by Nobody: 10:57pm On Jun 26
What is your take on this lalasticlala, should this be moved to front page to enlighten other Nigerians in diaspora or it should remain?

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Re: Bumi Thomas, Nigerian, Faces Deportation In UK. Given 14 Days To Leave by Originalsly: 12:11am On Jun 27
Seems like she doesn't get it..... still explaining she was born there... schooled there and worked there....... when the point is that she was not registered. That's on her parents.....ignorance of the law is no excuse.
But then they been looking for every opportunity and going overboard to deport immigrants.... Black immigrants. This is one such case.
Those who run to these countries to have their babies born there should really take note... and be up to date with the ever changing laws.

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Re: Bumi Thomas, Nigerian, Faces Deportation In UK. Given 14 Days To Leave by Emmyk(m): 1:08am On Jun 27
Oh ohh.
Re: Bumi Thomas, Nigerian, Faces Deportation In UK. Given 14 Days To Leave by olajide21: 4:25am On Jun 27
Truthwords:
Welcome home. I laugh at Nigerians in diaspora, you guys will never be seen as one of them.

If you leave in the North go to the South and let's see if you would be accepted and vice versa.

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Re: Bumi Thomas, Nigerian, Faces Deportation In UK. Given 14 Days To Leave by Freestainworld(m): 4:52am On Jun 27
don't mind them, come back home and grow your musical career, you go hammer here.

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Re: Bumi Thomas, Nigerian, Faces Deportation In UK. Given 14 Days To Leave by tstx(m): 9:57am On Jun 27
Welcome to your Father land. In advance

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Re: Bumi Thomas, Nigerian, Faces Deportation In UK. Given 14 Days To Leave by nototribalist: 9:57am On Jun 27
Aunty come back home, Next level is about to start

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Re: Bumi Thomas, Nigerian, Faces Deportation In UK. Given 14 Days To Leave by chigoziri2403(m): 9:58am On Jun 27
We need her back home, maybe Ned nwoko would be interested
Re: Bumi Thomas, Nigerian, Faces Deportation In UK. Given 14 Days To Leave by TechCapon(m): 9:59am On Jun 27
Lol
Re: Bumi Thomas, Nigerian, Faces Deportation In UK. Given 14 Days To Leave by Opeply: 9:59am On Jun 27
K
Re: Bumi Thomas, Nigerian, Faces Deportation In UK. Given 14 Days To Leave by magicminister: 10:00am On Jun 27
The UK colonized half the world but now they don’t want people in their country?
Africans were jejely on their own till the UK, France and America, Dutch, Italy and many more came over and decided to plant a tree.
Now the tree has grown but they don’t want it’s fruit... Lai lai... we no gree!!! We must enter obodo oyibo

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Re: Bumi Thomas, Nigerian, Faces Deportation In UK. Given 14 Days To Leave by NairalandAngel(m): 10:00am On Jun 27
Why is she so scared of coming back to her real country?

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Re: Bumi Thomas, Nigerian, Faces Deportation In UK. Given 14 Days To Leave by wisewordd: 10:00am On Jun 27
They were advising us from there on who to vote and not to vote. Now come and enjoy next level.


Last last she go migrate go Europe or Canada.

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Re: Bumi Thomas, Nigerian, Faces Deportation In UK. Given 14 Days To Leave by Pistotita: 10:00am On Jun 27
OMG!
Re: Bumi Thomas, Nigerian, Faces Deportation In UK. Given 14 Days To Leave by Kobicove(m): 10:01am On Jun 27
Better start packing your bags...you're coming back to one of the shithole countries undecided

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Re: Bumi Thomas, Nigerian, Faces Deportation In UK. Given 14 Days To Leave by StaffofOrayan(m): 10:01am On Jun 27
Fight to the end
Don't come back here.
Nigerian ko Sudanese ni.
If she was a billionaire una go keep am there

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Re: Bumi Thomas, Nigerian, Faces Deportation In UK. Given 14 Days To Leave by meobizy(m): 10:01am On Jun 27
Abeg, they should deport her to Gambia or the DRC.
She should not come here and spoil our innocent Nigerian men.
These types come here and quickly learn the chasing sugar daddies-lifestyle.
God knows the amount of homes they break.

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Re: Bumi Thomas, Nigerian, Faces Deportation In UK. Given 14 Days To Leave by crackhouse(m): 10:01am On Jun 27
See you in lagos soon.

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Re: Bumi Thomas, Nigerian, Faces Deportation In UK. Given 14 Days To Leave by travelwaka: 10:01am On Jun 27
Haaa this is a nightmare. Imagine thinking you are the daughter of a rich billionaire all your life then all of a sudden your parent woke up and said we are not your parent and we are disowning you, your real parents are some poor fellas in a remote village in a place far away.

I pray they reconsider. She will be coming from 24 hours light to ......, A Place where freedom of speech is encouraged to a place where ..... A place where living there increases your chance of success with little effort to a place where you have to be street smart, work extremely hard and hustle hard yet .....

I can't just think about what she will go through , I even doubt if she will have any known relation in Nigeria and if she has I hope she has been in touch.
Since she is a musician I pray she has enough money to be sane in Nigeria .

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Re: Bumi Thomas, Nigerian, Faces Deportation In UK. Given 14 Days To Leave by TANID(m): 10:02am On Jun 27
This Space Has Already Been Booked!
Re: Bumi Thomas, Nigerian, Faces Deportation In UK. Given 14 Days To Leave by AwkaetitiBabe(f): 10:02am On Jun 27
Ignorant parents. Can't she get registered now?
Re: Bumi Thomas, Nigerian, Faces Deportation In UK. Given 14 Days To Leave by TANID(m): 10:02am On Jun 27
This Space Has Already Been Booked To Comment Later wink
Re: Bumi Thomas, Nigerian, Faces Deportation In UK. Given 14 Days To Leave by MarianaTrench: 10:02am On Jun 27
Come and get your own dose of Next Level grin

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Re: Bumi Thomas, Nigerian, Faces Deportation In UK. Given 14 Days To Leave by Ugosample(m): 10:02am On Jun 27
Truthwords:
Welcome home. I laugh at Nigerians in diaspora, you guys will never be seen as one of them.

what is this one saying?

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Re: Bumi Thomas, Nigerian, Faces Deportation In UK. Given 14 Days To Leave by Flier: 10:03am On Jun 27
Freestainworld:
don't mind them, come back home and grow your musical career, you go hammer here.
Na only you get sense for here
See them up there shouting as if we don’t have people living as large as queen of England in Nigeria

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