Tuesday 11 May 2021

IND rethinks: Jacob, 13, can stay in the Netherlands after all

Jacob (left) with school friends in the petition photo. Photo: Manon Veldhuis

A 13-year-old boy who faced deportation to Armenia along with his mother, even though they were Syrians who had never lived there, has been given the right to stay in the Netherlands after all.

Almost 170,000 people had signed a petition calling on the justice ministry to rethink.

The IND immigration service decided Jacob and Tina would be able to settle in Armenia with the help of distant relatives. Tina’s mother, grandmother and brother were all granted asylum in the Netherlands.

The problem arose because Tina got Armenian passports for herself and her son, so they could get a visa to travel to Europe, rather than escape war-torn Damascus with the help of people smugglers.

However, stories about a visa for Armenians proved to be false and Tina, who was 26 at the time, and Jacob, who was eight, made the journey to Europe in a small boat over the Mediterranean Sea

A spokesman for the family said they had been ‘overwhelmed by this fantastic news’ and thanked everyone for their support.

It is not clear why the IND changed its mind.

Thank you for donating to DutchNews.nl

The DutchNews.nl team would like to thank all the generous readers who have made a donation in recent weeks. Your financial support has helped us to expand our coverage of the coronavirus crisis into the evenings and weekends and make sure you are kept up to date with the latest developments.

DutchNews.nl has been free for 14 years, but without the financial backing of our readers, we would not be able to provide you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch. Your contributions make this possible.

If you have not yet made a donation, but would like to, you can do so via Ideal, credit card or Paypal.