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Role reversal - legal immigrant begs to be deported as he's 'sick of Britain'

Iranian Arash Aria made the bizarre request of British authorities before they realised he was a legal alien.

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AN IRANIAN MAN handed himself in to British police demanding to be deported before it emerged he was in the country legally and simply hoping to be sent home as he was sick of Britain.

Arash Aria, 25, said in comments published yesterday that he had encountered violence and rudeness in the city of Manchester, northwest England, where he has lived for 10 years, and cannot find work.

Officers said a “very angry young man who has been here illegally (for the) last 10 years” handed himself in on Monday.

It later emerged that Aria had indefinite leave to remain in Britain and he was released without charge. Police added that he “may have to find own way home”.

Aria told the Daily Telegraph that he wanted to return to the city of Shiraz in southwest Iran, where he has relatives.

arash Source: Manchester Evening News/Facebook

“The people of Manchester have not been welcoming,” he said. “It’s words, violence, many things.”

I try to be friendly and polite. But they just laugh at me because I am foreign and look at me strangely.

Some Britons joked that they had sympathy for Aria wanting to flee Manchester, which is often the butt of ridicule for its rainy weather.

Immigration is a highly sensitive political issue in Britain.

Thousands of migrants have flocked to camps in northern France from the Middle East and Africa in the hope of crossing illegally into Britain.

But Prime Minister David Cameron’s government has refused to accept quotas for EU countries to accept migrants coming to Europe which were intended to tackle a crisis causing serious tensions in the 28-nation bloc.

© – AFP, 2015

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