Last March a 19-year old young woman from Togo was told by the Immigration Office that she had 30 days to leave the country. She had been given a temporary residence permit under the principle of family reunification, but afterwards left the family home, to escape abuse from her father, she says. Teachers from her school unanimously rallied to support her and sent a joint letter to Theo Francken (N-VA), Secretary of State for Asylum, Migration and Administrative Simplification, report La Libre Belgique and La Derniere Heure on Tuesday.
The young woman is registered to complete her final year at the Andree Thomas School in Forest. She is hoping to finish her studies this year and get her degree. But her chances are slim.
The woman was taken in by another family after she fled the family home to escape her father’s violence after he allegedly already spent 4 hours in police custody for physically assaulting her.
For the Immigration Office however, a doctor’s certificate and testimony from professors and from the PMS (Psychological, Medical and Social Support group) centre at her school are not enough given the lack of evidence that the abuse was not a one-off.