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Missing girl devastated at asylum seeker status which barred her from university (8 January 2014)

Date: 08/01/2014
Duncan Lewis, Legal News Solicitors, Missing girl devastated at asylum seeker status which barred her from university

A girl who went missing from her family’s home in South Wales after going outside to put out the rubbish was apparently devastated because her family’s asylum seeker status in the UK barred her from applying to study at a British university.

Nida Ul-Naseer, 18, has not been seen since 28 December, when she went outside to dispose of the rubbish at her family home in Newport, South Wales.

The family are asylum seekers from Pakistan, whose asylum application was turned down by the Home Office last year. Nida is described as academically gifted.

She also needs medication to treat anaemia. She left home in freezing temperatures without taking any personal possessions or her medication with her. Her family say she may also have been barefoot when she disappeared outside the family home.

Her sister Shamyla, 23, says that Nida had been upset about her status as an asylum seeker preventing her from taking up a place at university in the UK. The family had had a confrontation over the matter before Nida disappeared from home. Shamyla told a press conference at Newport Police Station that during the family argument Nida was “shouting and crying”.

The family have been trying to remain in the UK for five years and their passports are currently being held by the Home Office.

Nida’s father Naseer Tahir said that, although he was happy for his daughter to attend university, he was unable to provide her with what she wanted.

Nida had apparently seen her friends going off to university and while she had been able to attend college, she was not happy with the situation. The family say their daughter is religious and does not have a boyfriend.

Police in South Wales are currently studying Nida’s mobile phone which she left behind, despite her family saying she was addicted to it.

CCTV video footage of the area is also being studied to see if Nida’s movements after she left home can be traced.

Superintendent Mark Warrender said at the press conference:

“'Nida, if you are watching or listening to this please, please get in touch. Your family is desperately worried about you and all they want to know – and we want to know – is that you are safe and well.”

The family are appealing for their daughter’s safe return.

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