Chechen Family at Risk for Deportation from Austria
The Austrian newspaper, Die Presse has reported that a Chechen woman and her two children were picked up from their house to be deported to Poland. The mother had a panic attack and the process has been stopped for a while.
According to the story, the Chechen family has been living in Vienna, Austria for 4 years and 10 months. They have received a negative decision to their asylum request, thus, Austrian authorities tried to deport the family three times, but could not because the mother was sick and at the hospital. However, on the evening of November 30th, Austrian police came to their house to deport them to Poland, where they first entered the EU, according to Dublin II regulations. This time the mother had a panic attack and was hospitalized.
“Purple Sheep“, is an Austrian association which serves to protect the family against the decision and to protest the Austrian authorities. They pointed out that the woman has had a severe mental illness since they came to Austria. She has two children, 13 and 22 years old. The older one could not continue his education because of the deportation threats, but the young child continues school in Vienna and is a well integrated student.
“If deportation comes true, the education of a 13 year old child will be abandoned. He will have a big problem. It is cynical,” said Alev Korun, the spokeswoman of Greens on human rights.
“The immigration authorities have the legal basis for deportation, but if we look at the humanitarian side, they must not deport them,” said Karin Klaric, a legal advisor of the family.
*Text was translated by Waynakh Online and edited by Michael Capobianco