Turkish sisters get deportation reprieve
28 November 2006, AMSTERDAM — Two female students of Turkish ancestry have been given a last-minute, but temporary reprieve from expulsion out of the Netherlands.
28 November 2006
AMSTERDAM — Two female students of Turkish ancestry have been given a last-minute, but temporary reprieve from expulsion out of the Netherlands.
The girls were scheduled to be deported on Tuesday, but the immigration service IND said the teenagers will be allowed to stay until Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk answers parliamentary questions about the issue.
But an IND spokesman said the immigration service is sticking to its decision that the two girls have to leave the country. Their request for a residence permit has been twice refused because they entered the country without a visa.
The girls, Sumeyra, 16, and Ceyda, 14, have lived in the Netherlands since 1995 with their Turkish father and step-mother. Both parents have Dutch nationality.
Despite the fact that the father has custody of the two girls he was unable to obtain residency for them because they are illegal immigrants.
The sisters can apply for a visa once they a deported to Turkey and than apply for a residence permit again when they return to the Netherlands.
But the headmaster of the Hervormd Lyceum West in Amsterdam, Gerard Klooker, had requested the help of Mayor Job Cohen on Monday.
The local branch of the Socialist SP party has also become involved in the case, calling it an inhumane situation.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]
Subject: Dutch news