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Refugee help

My daugher's friend at school is a refugee. Her family asylum case has failed and they are being send back to Eastern Europe.

They won't even let the girl finish the school year, she is being kicked out 3 months before she graduates. I think she has been in the system for several years, she made it to the top stream. She is bright girl.

Its so sad. She will be send back without any proof that she worked as hard as she did.
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Old 27.02.2020, 20:23
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Re: Refugee help

This is tragic.

If at all possible, help her to get the teachers to put together detailed info of the grades that she completed: the formal syllabus, plus worksheets, projects, exam questions set, etc. With this, done thoroughly for each course/subject, she will at least have a file to prove what level she attained.

In addition, ask each teacher to write her a report of her progress in the respective subjects.

Together, those may stand her in good stead if she ever gets a chance to pursue any education in another country.
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Old 27.02.2020, 20:27
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Re: Refugee help

Is it possible that, even though the family has to leave, a special dispensation may be granted just for the girl? I mention this because sometimes the objective difficulties of each individual are different from those of the family as a whole.

If you are in a position to offer it, could you (or another family from the school) offer to take her in and let her stay with you for those last few months? Of course, she'd need parental permission, unless she has already turned 18.

If you (perhaps in collaboration with other families) have the finances to support her (with the exception, say, of medical insurance which might be paid by her family or perhaps the social security services), then perhaps a special dispensation could be granted, just for her.

Any adults taking on such a responsibility would probably have to sign confirmation that, once her exams are completed, they would undertake to cooperate with the government authorities to ensure that she does, in fact, leave the country so as to return to her parents' care.
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Old 27.02.2020, 20:28
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Re: Refugee help

If the school is generally in her favour, do they have the authority to set her exams early? Could she write them (in full or in part) before she leaves?
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Old 27.02.2020, 20:32
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Re: Refugee help

I don't know if they help in these kinds of situations, but it might be worth contacting the UNHCR for advice. It seems quite unfair not to allow her to finish her studies and graduate.

https://www.unhcr.org/
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Old 27.02.2020, 21:15
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Re: Refugee help

That organisation looks excellent! Are they national? Even if not, perhaps they'll be able to point OP to a similar service in or near Vaud.
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Old 27.02.2020, 21:30
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That organisation looks excellent! Are they national? Even if not, perhaps they'll be able to point OP to a similar service in or near Vaud.
Nope, they're not (didn't check that).
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Re: Refugee help

Unfortunately I don't think there's any way Vaud will let her complete public school without a parent here contributing to the system. I know of another case in VD, where a youth lives legally here with a legal guardian, non family member, but school investigated and kicked out child as parents weren't here paying taxes, etc.
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Unfortunately I don't think there's any way Vaud will let her complete public school without a parent here contributing to the system. I know of another case in VD, where a youth lives legally here with a legal guardian, non family member, but school investigated and kicked out child as parents weren't here paying taxes, etc.
Asylum seekers don't pay taxes per se, yet this child - as all those children - is going to school.
Your theory would be very Vaud-specific and against the constitution.
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Asylum seekers don't pay taxes per se, yet this child - as all those children - is going to school.
Your theory would be very Vaud-specific and against the constitution.
I think failing the definition of an assylum is the thing here, not taxes. That status is granted based on the country of origine. The EE country I am from is cca a1.5-2 years ahead in the primary school curriculum and if any child enters the EE system from abroad, the old grades are not really taken in, children take new apttitude tests to see what they need to catch up or where they are advanced (languages).
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I know of another case in VD, where a youth lives legally here with a legal guardian, non family member, but school investigated and kicked out child as parents weren't here paying taxes, etc.
I cannot see how Vaud acted legally there if that was really the case. Legal guardian effectively means sames rights and responsibilities as a parent.
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I don't know if they help in these kinds of situations, but it might be worth contacting the UNHCR for advice. It seems quite unfair not to allow her to finish her studies and graduate.

https://www.unhcr.org/
Agreed. Very unfair.
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Re: Refugee help

Markalex, what happened in this case? I wonder whether the Corona situation influenced it in any way. Is the girl allowed to stay to finish her schooling? Are they alright?
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