Taida illegally in Netherlands, court finds

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21 April 2006, AMSTERDAM — Kosovar schoolgirl Taida Pasic lost her court appeal on Friday against the decision to expel her from the Netherlands.

21 April 2006

AMSTERDAM — Kosovar schoolgirl Taida Pasic lost her court appeal on Friday against the decision to expel her from the Netherlands.

Pasic has been involved in a high-profile battle with Immigration and Integration Minister Rita Verdonk since the start of the year.

The judge in Amsterdam found that the Minister acted correctly when she refused to grant Pasic, 18, a residence permit to allow her to finish her VWO secondary education in the Netherlands.

Friday's decision means that the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) can deport Pasic, although she could still appeal to the Council of State.

Verdonk was correct, the judge said, in her determination that Pasic should have sought a temporary visa from the Dutch Embassy in the Serbian capital Belgrade and waited there for her application to be processed.

Instead, Pasic obtained a 'Schengen' visa from the French Embassy in Belgrade and travelled on to the Netherlands to complete her schooling in the Dutch town of Winterswijk.

Pending the court judgement, Pasic went to school as normal on 28 March, the deadline set by Verdonk for her to leave the country voluntarily or be deported. Verdonk confirmed her decision earlier in March that Pasic could not stay for an extra few months to finished her schooling.

Pasic's family fled from Kosovo to the Netherlands when she was 12. The IND decided the family could not stay and they were given money to leave voluntarily. Taida said she returned to complete her schooling in the hope of going on to study law at university.

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.

The Education and Justice Ministries agreed recently to allow Pasic to complete her final exams at the Dutch Embassy in Sarajevo. She has not taken up this offer.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

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