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Two students threatened to be expelled from the country

03.08.2017 From our online archive
Two Albanian siblings, who are currently students at Lycée de Garçons d’Esch-sur-Alzette, are to be sent back to Albania where their families' lives have been threatened.

Two Albanian siblings, who are currently students at Lycée de Garçons d’Esch-sur-Alzette, are to be sent back to Albania where their families' lives have been threatened.

The pupils of the high school in Esch have reacted with outrage to the decision, and a petition against the expulsion has already been signed by 60 of the 100 high school teachers.

Perfectly integrated students

The students came to Luxembourg five years ago with their parents after fleeing from Albania because of insecurity and death threats.

According to the school's students committee, the siblings are "perfect examples of a successful integration in our society." They both speak Luxembourgish, German and French and do very well generally in school.

In Albania, the parents, who worked as lawyers, weren't very liked by the Albanian mafia and received several death threats and explosives were placed in their home.

In order to pay for their new lives in Luxembourg, the father returned to Albania regularly in order to work. He had therefore not asked for asylum.

Father found dead

In June this year, the father was found dead in a hotel room in Albania. The Albanian police are currently investigating the "suspicious" death.

It is clear that returning to their homeland would put the three family members at risk. The family are able to appeal before the administrative court one final time but after that, they will be expelled from the country.

Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister Jean Asselborn told the Luxemburger Wort that he could not comment on individual cases. He also said that the family could be welcomed back to the Grand-Duchy in the future. 

The situation is much more complex than it is presented in public, the minister also said, adding that he fully understood the worries and commitment shown by the pupils in Esch. 

Asylum applications from Albania are usually rejected in Luxembourg because the country is officially seen as a safe country of origin.  

(By Jacques Ganser and Johanna Lindberg)