Taida doesn't have valid passport

24th April 2006, Comments 0 comments

UPDATED 25 April 2006, AMSTERDAM —Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk has ordered Kosovar schoolgirl Taida Pasic, 18, must be out of the Netherlands by Friday. But there is a new snag: Pasic doesn't have a valid passport.

UPDATED 25 April 2006

AMSTERDAM —Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk has ordered Kosovar schoolgirl Taida Pasic, 18, must be out of the Netherlands by Friday. But there is a new snag: Pasic doesn't have a valid passport.

She may not be let into any other country without a valid passport, Harry Meulenkamp, father of the family with which Pasic is staying, said on Tuesday.

This is the latest twist in a long-running battle about Pasic returning to the Netherlands to complete her secondary VWO education. Immigration officials put her in handcuffs in front of her class in the town of Winterswijk in January and brought her to a deportation centre.

Pasic was later released and has fought a court battle to block Verdonk's attempts to deport her. A judge ruled in favour of Verdonk on Friday and agreed Pasic was in the Netherlands illegally. Taida indicated she would leave voluntarily rather than face the indignation of deportation.

Ed de Graaf of 'De Driemark' school in Winterswijk said the issue of Pasic's leaving was very much on the minds of her fellow pupils during the last week of lessons before their final exams. "The children have very mixed feelings. They are saying goodbye to their schooldays and also to one of their fellow pupils," he said.

The Dutch Education Ministry has agreed to let Pasic sit her final VWO level exams in the Dutch embassy in Sarajevo.

Pasic's family fled to the Netherlands when she was 12. The Immigration and Integration Service (IND) decided the family could not stay and they were given money to leave voluntarily. Taida returned to complete her schooling on a student visa. She hopes to attend university to study law.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

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