To Taida and Kalou - the minister says 'no'

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1 March 2006, AMSTERDAM — Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk has confirmed her decision to expel Kosovo schoolgirl Taida Pasic and to refuse accelerated naturalisation to Feyenoord's Salomon Kalou.

1 March 2006

AMSTERDAM — Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk has confirmed her decision to expel Kosovo schoolgirl Taida Pasic and to refuse accelerated naturalisation to Feyenoord's Salomon Kalou.

Pasic, 18, must leave the Netherlands without completing her schooling here because she made improper use of the procedure to request a residence permit, Verdonk said on Tuesday. The girl will be deported "as soon as possible".

The case is controversial. Last month Verdonk's spokesperson publicly branded Pasic as a fraud for returning to the Netherlands on a tourist visa after accepting EUR 7,000 to continue her schooling in Kosovo. Pasic's family lived as refugees in the Netherlands until they agreed to repatriation.

Education Minister Maria van der Hoeven ran into trouble with Verdonk when she expressed sympathy in her weblog for the campaign to allow Pasic to complete her VWO course in the Dutch town of Winterswijk. Van der Hoeven backed Verdonk's approach days later.

Pasic's classmates campaigned on her behalf after immigration officials handcuffed her in front of the class and placed her in a deportation centre at the beginning of the year.

A court later ordered her release from the centre, pending a proper adjudication of her application for a temporary residence permit by Verdonk.

The Minister released the result of the review on Tuesday: Pasic must go. The family Pasic is staying with declined to comment until they had studied the Minister's decision.

Verdonk also indicated on Tuesday she stands by her decision not to grant accelerated naturalisation to footballer Salomon Kalou from Ivory Coast.

Kalou, 20, plays for Feyenoord Rotterdam and the Dutch football association want him to appear for Holland in the World Cup in Germany later this year.

Verdonk will announce her final decision at a meeting with Kalou's representatives on 9 March.

The Minister has already rejected his application for accelerated naturalisation, but the Supreme Court ordered her to look at his case again. Kalou failed an integration exam in November 2005 and the Minister wants to see proof he intends to settle permanently in the Netherlands.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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