Taida goes to school on 'deportation day'

28th March 2006, Comments 0 comments

28 March 2006, AMSTERDAM — Kosovar Taida Pasic left for school as normal in the Dutch town of Winterswijk on Tuesday, the deadline set by Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk for her to leave the country voluntarily or be deported.

28 March 2006

AMSTERDAM — Kosovar Taida Pasic left for school as normal in the Dutch town of Winterswijk on Tuesday, the deadline set by Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk for her to leave the country voluntarily or be deported.

Earlier this month Verdonk confirmed her decision that Pasic, who entered the country on a tourist visa, cannot stay to finish secondary education over the next few two months.

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 and hopes to attend university to study law.

Immigration officials came to the school in Winterswijk at the beginning of the year and put her in handcuffs in front of her classmates. She was initially placed in a deportation centre but has been staying for some time with the family of a school friend.

Pasic has taken the matter to court in a last effort to overturn Verdonk's ruling.
No one seems sure what will happen on Tuesday. Harry Meulenkamp, father of the family Pasic is staying with, said he hoped she could continue to attend school despite the deadline.

"We are concerned about this, but as long as the matter is before the court hopefully nothing will happen," he said. The court is to deal with the case on 7 April.

Ed de Graaf of 'De Driemark' school in Winterswijk said on Monday plans on how to cope with her deportation are also ready.

The Education and Justice Ministries have agreed to allow Pasic to complete her final exams at the Dutch Embassy in Sarajevo.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

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