Zimbabwe receives second batch of deportees from UK

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Zimbabwe on Thursday received a second batch of its citizens being deported from the UK, some having stayed in the European country for several years and forced to leave families behind to face an uncertain future back home.

The group of seven deportees arrived at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport in the capital Harare and were then taken to the Zimbabwe Institute of Administration and Management (ZIPAM) quarantine centre where they will stay for a mandatory 10-day isolation period.

The arrival of the group came just over a month after the first batch of 14 deportees also arrived in the capital.

Despite there being no precise figures, thousands of people fled Zimbabwe for the U.K., the former colonial power, to escape a crippling political and economic crisis at the turn of the century. Many Zimbabweans whose applications for asylum were rejected by Britain also face deportation.

Human rights groups and politicians in the UK have put pressure on the government to suspend the deportations claiming the deportees face persecution in the southern African nation.

(Story compiled with assistance from wire reports)

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