Taida says goodbye to Netherlands

28th April 2006, Comments 0 comments

28 April 2006, AMSTERDAM — Kosovar schoolgirl Taïda Pasic left the Netherlands on Friday after a long battle with Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk for permission to sit her final exams here.

28 April 2006

AMSTERDAM — Kosovar schoolgirl Taïda Pasic left the Netherlands on Friday after a long battle with Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk for permission to sit her final exams here.

Pasic, 18, boarded a plane at Schiphol Airport shortly before 11am for a flight to the Slovenian capital Ljubljana.  From there, she was due to travel on to the Bosnian capital Sarajevo.

Her family came to the Netherlands after the Nato bombardment to halt the war in Kosovo. Taida was 12 at the time and continued her schooling in the Netherlands.

When the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) indicated they would not be granted asylum status, her family agreed to accept a financial payment to leave the Netherlands voluntarily in January 2005.

Taïda returned later on a tourist visa to continue her VWO secondary level schooling in the Dutch town of Winterswijk. She was detained by IND officials in January of this year, sparking a war of words and a legal battle with Verdonk.

A court sided with Verdonk on 21 April and ruled that Pasic was in the country illegally. She had to leave the court by Friday or face deportation. The Department of Education has arranged for Pasic to sit her final exams in the Dutch embassy in Sarajevo.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

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