|AUTHOR||Verena Knaus and Peter Widmann|
Of the 12,000 Roma, Ashkali and Egyptians from Kosovo long-term tolerated in Germany and legally obliged to leave, almost half are children. Most of these children were born, brought up and schooled in Germany, speak German together and consider the place they now live to be their home. But because their parents have failed at the hurdle of the so-called "long-stayer regulation" - an children share the fate of their parents' immigration status - they are now threatened with deportation to Kosovo. This regulation, criticised as too inflexible by many specialists, pays scant attention to these children's special situations and their degree of integration.
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