AMSTERDAM (Public Radio of Armenia) — Two Armenian children, who have spent a decade growing up in the Netherlands, are set to be deported to Armenia after they came out of their hiding and reported to the authorities, Aljazeera reported.
Dutch officials on Tuesday, September 4, said Howick, 13, and his sister Lili, 12, who had been hiding for the previous three days to avoid imminent deportation, would be sent to their mother in Yerevan, before September 8.
They had arrived in the Netherlands in 2008.
Last year, the mother, Armina Hambartsumyan, lost a decade-long legal battle for asylum and was sent to Armenia without her children.
Before she was deported, the 37-year-old sent the two children into hiding but they were found by Dutch officials and sent to a foster family.
Last week, the Council of State, the Netherlands’ highest court, decided that the children should be deported to Armenia to live with their mother.