Let Taida finish school, MPs say

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2 March 2006, AMSTERDAM — The leaders of the parliamentary factions of the liberal democrat D66 and the populist LPF party have come out in support of Kosovo schoolgirl Taida Pasic who faces deportation.

2 March 2006

AMSTERDAM — The leaders of the parliamentary factions of the liberal democrat D66 and the populist LPF party have come out in support of Kosovo schoolgirl Taida Pasic who faces deportation.

Their action could be the deciding factor to get a majority of MPs to compel the government to show clemency in Pasic's case, D66 leader Lousewies van der Laan said on television programme 'Barend en Van Dorp' on Wednesday night.

Van der Laan said a teacher from Enschede is investigating whether Pasic, 18, "could return to the Netherlands to sit her exams".

LPF leader Gerard van As said he also believes Pasic should be allowed to sit her Dutch school exam. But he said LPF support was contingent on him getting the backing of his colleagues.

Pasic was informed by Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk on Monday she cannot finish her secondary level education in the Netherlands and must leave the country within four weeks. She will be deported if she does not leave voluntarily.

The schoolgirl, who entered the Netherlands on a tourist visa, wants three months to allow her to sit her VWO exam in the Dutch town of Winterswijk. Pasic is to appeal against the Minister's decision not to grant her a temporary residence permit.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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