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Khatchik Kachatryanon: Another student deported by France

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2013-10-17

Khatchik Kachatryanon, age 19, is the second student to have been expelled from France in the last few weeks. He is currently in Armenia, where he will have to complete two years of mandatory military service – or face prison time.

Khatchik Kachatryanon, a 19-year-old high school student from Armenia, was expelled from France on October 12 following three weeks in a detention centre for undocumented immigrants.

A student at a pre-professional school in Paris’s 18th district, Kachatryanon arrived in France in 2011 with his mother, sister and father. Their requests for political asylum were rejected in March 2012, a decision that was upheld in January 2013 after the family filed an appeal.

Kachatryanon was arrested on September 19 for shoplifting in a mall in central Paris. Without any valid ID, he was sent to a detention centre outside the city.

After his deportation to Armenia, the young man was placed under house arrest in his native village for having skipped his mandatory military service, according to RESF (Network for Education Without Borders), a French organisation dedicated to defending the rights of immigrant children.

Released on October 15, he will now have to complete two years of military service starting in early November – or face three to five years in prison.

Kachatryanon’s family is still in France.

Date created : 2013-10-17

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