Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Aberdeen charity boss, who moved from Iran more than a decade ago, slams Trump’s immigration ban

President Donald Trump (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
President Donald Trump (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

An Aberdeen charity boss who moved from Iran more than a decade ago has angrily branded President Trump’s executive order “discrimination”.

Reza Shahrivar is chairman of the Persian School of Aberdeen which teaches Iran’s language, also known as Farsi, to young children.

Mr Shahrivar holds dual nationalities, British and Iranian, and said the new policy will have a damaging effect on the US economy.

He said: “This is a type of discrimination for all of these countries, it does not make any sense.

“There have been no Iranians involved in the Islamic State attacks in America or Europe.

“There are about two million Iranians living in the US. They are highly-educated and highly-paid, this will not be good for their economy as well.”

Mr Shahrivar said there is a community of 600 Iranians in the Granite City, and claims they have been let down by the UK Government and Prime Minister Theresa May.

He said: “Most of the Iranians here have high incomes because they are involved in the oil and gas industry.

“They pay a lot of taxes and invest a lot of money and I think the UK Government should do something for us and support us but Mrs May hasn’t said anything. Whatever the US asks, they do, and don’t stand up for us.”

Last night, the UK Government said it did not support the move by the president.

A spokesman said: “Immigration policy in the United States is a matter for the government of the United States, just the same as immigration policy for this country should be set by our government.

“But we do not agree with this kind of approach and it is not one we will be taking.

“We are studying this new executive order to see what it means and what the legal effects are, and in particular what the consequences are for UK nationals.

“The prime minister held a conference call with the foreign secretary and home secretary this morning and instructed them to make representations to their opposite numbers in the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security, with the aim being to protect the rights of UK nationals.”

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]