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Austria: Deportations Spark Outcry

VIENNA, Austria -- In the video, 15-year-old Arigona Zogaj's voice broke as she threatened to kill herself unless her family was reunited in Austria.

Her father and four siblings were deported to Kosovo late last month after years of living in Austria. But Arigona, who has managed to elude authorities, said the only person she knew in Kosovo was her grandmother, and that her prospects for the future there were slim.

"I just want us to be able to continue to live here," she said in German while sitting against a white wall in an undisclosed location. The video was given to Austrian broadcaster ORF and surfaced Friday.

The Zogaj family's story has fanned a fiery debate in Austria about deporting well-integrated foreigners who seek asylum and often try to stay on illegally when their applications are rejected. It is a debate similar to those in other European countries, where confl


Added: Oct-6-2007 
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