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Arigona Zogaj Allowed to Stay

Arigona Zogaj Allowed to Stay

Arigona Zogaj, the Kosovar teenager with perfect German who went into hiding to avoid deportation, received residence rights in Austria on 6 Feb., after her family’s decade-long struggle for asylum. Zogaj, now 20, became the face for asylum seekers in Austria when she disappeared and threatened suicide following the deportation of her father and four […]

Arigona Back in Austria

Arigona Back in Austria

Arigona Zogaj (18) returned to Austria on Nov. 24 with her mother Nurije and her younger brother and sister Albin (11) and Albona (10), four months after the family had been deported to Kosovo. The return of the Zogajs marked the end of a three-year fight to stay in Austria, bringing them back to Frankenburg […]

Immigration’s Uncivil Law

In the arrivals hall of the Vienna International Airport, Daniella and Dorentinya Komani smiled and waved into the camera. Accompanied by their beaming father, Augustin, the 8-year-old twin girls set foot back in Austria on Oct. 21, back to the country they had grown up in, but had had to leave, despite their mother’s open […]

Fischer’s Failure, Austria’s Shame

Fischer’s Failure, Austria’s Shame

Austrian immigration policy is a black box, deliberately kept that way by both the politicians and the media. Bad people get sent away and good people get to stay, it seems – at least according to members of both the upper and middle classes I’ve spoken to on my travels. For some reason, Austrians think […]

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