Iranian family who lied about origin not granted international protection ({{commentsTotal}})

A family applying for international protection. Photo is illustrative.
A family applying for international protection. Photo is illustrative. Source: (AFP/Scanpix)

Estonia's Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) decided not to grant international protection to an Iranian family who had arrived in Estonia under the EU's migrant redistribution plan and lied about their origin.

A family of three arrived in Estonia a year and a half ago, claiming they were from Iraq. The family had no documents. When the family came to extend their living permits, however, they confessed that they were in fact Iranian. The EU does not accept Iranians under the migration program.

At the end of May, the Estonian police stripped the family of international protection. The family thereafter filed a new request to be granted international protection.

A PPA spokesperson told BNS that the proceeding of the second application has concluded and the police decided not to grant the family international protection.

"The individuals have been informed of the negative decision and they have filed an appeal with the court, which the court accepted," the spokesperson added.

The family consists of a mother, a father and a school-age child.

Editor: Aili Vahtla

Source: BNS

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