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New hope for twins

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2007-01-05

Kamila and Karina Kaya

Kamila and Karina Kaya

Two teenage twin sisters from Kyrgyzstan in the former Soviet Union who arrived in Britain after their parents were murdered have been told the Home Office has delayed plans to deport them.

Kamila and Karina Kaya, 18, who have been in Britain for the last three years and supported by members of Birmingham's Jewish community now look set to emigrate to Israel.

"They are going to be allowed home pending arrangements for them to go to Israel. This is very good news because they won't be stuck at the detention centre," said Selly Oak MP Dr Lynne Jones.

With help from the Israeli Embassy and The Board of Deputies, the girls will have enough time to prepare their application to live in Israel.

Supporters of the twins were worried that if they were deported they would be in grave danger.

"They feared they would go back to their home country where there is a lot of crime. They worried they might end up in the sex trade," said social worker Lorraine Edwards.

The girls who were in a detention centre in Bedfordshire, were studying at Bournville College of Further Education and hope to become doctors.