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Chechen Family Faces Deportation from Norway

Submitted by on Sunday, 14 October 2012.    572 views No Comment
Chechen Family Faces Deportation from Norway

A Chechen website based in Norway has reported that a family of Chechen asylum seekers is facing deportation from Norway to Russia.

According to the information, on October 9 at 7:00am Norwegian authorities attempted to extradite a Chechen family that has lived in Norway for almost 4 years at the Heiane Reception Center in the city of Stord. The authorities have violated the basic rights of the family.

Chechen asylum seeker Asya D. lives in the Heiane Reception Center in the city of Stord, Norway with her two children: 4 year old Isa and 9 year old Malika. Asya and her husband were forced to leave the Russian occupied Chechen Republic of Ichkeria in 2003 for Kazakhistan due to the pro-Russian regime’s oppression, much like many other civilians. Two years later they returned to their homeland. However, when they returned they realized that nothing had changed and armed, masked men from the Russian army and pro-Russian regime came to their house a few times to conduct so-called “passport and house control”. Thus, they had to leave their homeland once again. Asya and her children arrived in Norway and asked for asylum with hope for a happy and safe future, while her husband preferred to remain illegally in Norway. In March 2012, Asya received the final negative response to their request, even though they are well integrated into Norwegian society.

On October 9, at 7:00am Norwegian police arrived at the center and arrested Asya and her daughter, Malika. They could not find her 4 year old son Isa, so police arranged a search of their neighbors’ home without permission. They threatened to cause problems for them if they did not say where Isa was. All the efforts of the Norwegian police failed and they finally decided just to deport Asya and her daughter. However, their supervisor informed them that the deportation would not take place in the absence of the small child, so they had to return while on their way to the airport.

*Text was written by Waynakh Online and edited by Michael Capobianco

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