Dresden (dpa/sn) - The Saxon Greens are demanding a right to stay for the former Vietnamese contract worker Pham Phi Son. He lives with his family in Chemnitz and came to the former GDR in 1987 on the basis of a government agreement. "It is inhumane to expel a person from the country who has been living, working and starting a family in Germany for more than three decades just because he could not meet a deadline for medical reasons," said Green Party leader Christin Furtenbacher on Monday in Dresden. According to the Saxon Refugee Council, the man is threatened with deportation because he was in Vietnam for six months for medical treatment in 2016 and is therefore now losing his settlement permit in Germany.
Furtenbacher emphasized that it was absolutely incomprehensible why Saxony's commissioner for foreigners, Geert Mackenroth, refused to discuss the case again in the hardship commission. The refugee council started a petition on Friday. By Monday noon, 57,000 people had already spoken out in favor of the family's right to stay.