Two Turkish teenaged sisters, set to be deported on Tuesday, have been given temporary leave to stay in the Netherlands. The immigration service IND said on Monday evening that the girls could stay until immigration minister Rita Verdonk had answered questions from MPs about their case.
If deported, the girls will be separated from their father who is their official guardian and with whom they have lived for over 10 years. Sumeyra (16) and Ceyda (14) Kaba have lived with their father and stepmother in Amsterdam since 1995.
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. 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.
The IND says the sisters must go back to Turkey to apply for a visa to enter the Netherlands. Once back in the country, they can then apply for residency.
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