"I walked across two borders to get to Britain": Caller's shocking route to claiming asylum

14 November 2019, 23:43 | Updated: 15 November 2019, 09:49

This caller's story of escaping the Iranian regime to claim asylum in the UK left Tom Swarbrick and LBC listeners speechless.

After both the Conservatives and Labour began to outline their policies on immigration for the upcoming general election, Ahmed called in from Glasgow.

He told Tom firstly how he had spent two-and-a-half years in hostels and bedsits in the UK before being granted asylum, after being smuggled into the UK.

A UK Border Force agent inspects a passport
Ahmed ended up flying to the UK to claim asylum. Picture: PA

Ahmed left Iran to flee the country's leadership in Tehran, and walked from his home to Turkey - where he boarded a boat to make the often deadly journey to Greece.

He tried to claim asylum in Greece, but then found himself spending three months in prison there.

He was then smuggled again - this time to the UK.

Ahmed's story left Tom reflecting on his visit to Lesbos in 2015, when he reported on the migrant crisis when it was at its peak.

Tom's incredible reports from the beaches of Lesbos brought home the chaos of the migrant crisis. Relive the remarkable scenes: l-bc.co/lYihVE

Posted by LBC on Monday, 21 December 2015

Ahmed's story also gripped many listeners.

Listen to the full remarkable story at the top of the page.