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Four-year-old girl caged as refugee for 86 days despite being Scottish

A four-year-old girl has been booted out of Scotland by asylum chiefs after spending a record 86 days in detention – even though she was born here.

Terrified Ericka Andrew was snatched with mum Tracey in a dawn raid on her home, treated as an asylum seeker and sent to Nigeria by the Home Office.

Her ordeal is revealed days after the European Union urged UK authorities to consider “drastically limiting” the policy of holding people in detention centres.

Bill Ramsay, minister at Ericka and Tracey’s church, said: “She has never known any home other than Scotland.

“It’s not any different from grabbing any other Scottish child, locking them up then flying them to a foreign country.”

Reverend Ramsay, of Gairbraid Parish Church in Maryhill, said: “I wouldn’t treat a dog like that, much less a child.

“Ericka was kept in detention longer than any other child her age – it’s disgraceful.

“Our congregation hoped that because Ericka was born here, they would be sympathetic.”

• Full story at the Sunday Mail.

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