Afghan family not to be expelled

9th October 2010, Comments 0 comments


The justice ministry has reversed a decision to repatriate an Afghan family who had failed to secure refugee status.

The parents and their five children left Afghanistan in 2001 after the US-led invasion. They were living in The Hague, where the children were going to three different schools. When the family failed to obtain refugee status, they were sent to the refugee detention centre at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport.

The announcement by the justice ministry comes a week after children staged a protest in The Hague and gave caretaker Justice Minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin a petition with 3,000 signatures. In parliament, questions were raised by Labour and the Socialist Party. It is not clear to what extent the pressure had any influence on the ministry's decision.

The family is currently staying at a refugee centre in Ter Apel and is likely to move back to The Hague.

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