MPs back Verdonk over Taida deportation

6th March 2006, Comments 0 comments

6 March 2006, AMSTERDAM — A slim majority in the Dutch parliament supports Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk's decision to deport the Kosovo schoolgirl Taida Pasic.

6 March 2006

AMSTERDAM — A slim majority in the Dutch parliament supports Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk's decision to deport the Kosovo schoolgirl Taida Pasic.

Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende's Christian Democrat Party (CDA) and Verdonk's colleagues in the Liberal (VVD) party backed the minister on Monday.

The populist LPF party also supported Verdonk's controversial decision, but asked Education Minister Maria van der Hoeven to make it possible for Pasic to sit her Dutch VWO exams at the Dutch Embassy in Sarajevo in Bosnia.

LPF parliamentary leader Gerard van As said last week the 18-year-old would be allowed to finish her schooling in the Netherlands if it was up to him. His LPF colleagues issued a statement on Monday to say this would not be possible.

"She has defrauded and abused the procedures," MP Joao Varela said on behalf of the party. To allow her to sit the exam in the Netherlands would create a precedent that could lead to many more such cases. The most important thing, Varela said, was that she is allowed to sit her exams.

Pasic's family lived as refugees in the Netherlands before accepting a cash settlement to return to Kosovo. Taida later returned on a tourist visa and wants to stay for another three months to obtain her VWO certificate.

She was detained by immigration officials and handcuffed in front of her class in January this year.

A court later ordered her release from a detention centre and Verdonk was asked to review the case. Verdonk confirmed last week she was standing by her earlier decision to deport Pasic if she does not leave voluntarily.

The left-wing opposition in parliament wants Verdonk to find a way to allow Pasic to stay and complete her schooling in the Netherlands.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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