No, Shamima Begum is not back in the UK

19th May 2020

Claim

Shamima Begum is back in the UK.

Conclusion

As of May 2020, this is not the case.

A Facebook post of a screenshot claims that Shamima Begum, the teenager who left the UK for Syria in 2015, is “flying into the UK today”.

This is not true.

The screenshot is of a now-deleted Facebook post that we first wrote about in September 2019. The post wasn’t true then, it wasn’t true when we checked it again earlier this year, and there’s no reason to believe it’s become true since.

We know for a fact that Ms Begum was in Syria in February 2020, as journalist James Longman interviewed her there on 14 February 2020.

We’ve seen no evidence that would suggest she has returned. The UK government revoked her British citizenship in February 2019, and has refused to let her come back. She lost the first stage of her appeal on this decision in February 2020.