Last attempts to halt sisters’ deportation

Friends, family and Turkish organisations are mounting a last-ditch attempt to stop two girls from being deported to Turkey.

The move will separate the teenagers from their father who is their official guardian and with whom they have lived for over 10 years. Sumeyra (15) and Ceyda (14) Kaba have lived with their father and stepmother in Amsterdam since 1995.
However, because they were not officially part of his family when he took Dutch nationality, the immigration service has ruled that the girls have no right to live in the Netherlands.
After their parents divorced, the girls lived with their mother in Turkey, but she rejected them in 1995 after remarrying. Sumeyra and Ceyda returned to live with their father in Holland.
‘This is what happens when you say rules are rules. It is inhuman,’ Peter Janzen, head teacher of the Hervormd Lyceum West, where both girls go to school, told the Parool.
If they are deported, the sisters will have to live with their stepmother’s parents in Turkey, pending another appeal.
The girls are the latest in a string of incidents in which minors have been caught up in Holland’s new get-tough policy towards immigrants.

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