Will Sick Chechen Woman Be Deported From Poland?
A Chechen mother of four was hit by a car while waiting for refugee decision. She has spent a lot of time in a hospital. She still is not able to live on her own. But still Office for Foreigners in Poland wants to deport her.
Mrs Aishat and her 4 kids live in a refugee camp near Lublin for almost two years. Half year ago she has a terrible accident. A drunk driver hit her. She spent in a hospital two months. She still has problems with walking.
Her family had to escape from Dagestan, because they have been persecuted by Russian forces. When the war began, they fled to near their family. But when they came back, they saw that their house in Chechnya was destroyed. Russian soldiers came for her husband at the same day. When they took him, his mother got a heart attack and she died. The family sold four cows and a land to get money to buy the man out from Russians.
She wanted to get at least “tolerated stay” but the decision was negative. When journalists asked Office for Foreigners why she got negative decision, they didn’t want to say anything. They claimed such information is confidential.
“Bad health state is not a reason to give a person official protection” says Ewa Piechota, spokeswoman of Office for Foreigners in Warsaw.
“There is a way Mrs Aishat could stay in Poland,” she continues. “She could write to city council and ask for a limited stay. But if she gets it she will have to move out from the camp, find a place to live and a way of earning money. She could live in single mothers houses but there is no room right now in such places. It’s a pitty but law is law,” Ewa Piechota underlines.
Mrs Aishat hopes she could stay in Poland long enough to get better. Right now her documents are in Office for Foreigners and her case is being processed once again. During that time she can stay in the refugee camp.
As a note, in 2009, 10.590 foreigners applied for refugee status in Poland and 4.048 of them got negative decision.
Małgorzata Szlachetka – Gazeta Lublin
Translated by Joanna Wrześniowska Bataev for WaYNaKH Online