By Katy Dartford
VIENNA (DPA) — Tensions are growing in Austria over the deportation of three girls to Georgia and Armenia, including a 12-year-old girl who was born in the country.
The government is being criticized for expelling the children, who are considered to be “well-integrated” into Austrian society, especially amid the coronavirus crisis.
Tina, 12, who was born in Austria and has lived there for 10 years in total said: “When we started, I saw many people and policemen who pushed these people away, who pushed them on the ground.”
After a seven-year process, her family’s asylum applications were finally rejected in December 2019.
Even without a legal base for asylum, the authorities examined the procedure of whether deportation would be compatible with the human right to private and family life.