News of the Romeike family’s asylum ruling is making the rounds. This is the first piece on the Romeike decision that I found which has done independent reporting and provides some context to this situation in Germany.
“Homeschoolers are a particular social group that the German government is trying to suppress,” Burman [Immigration judge Lawrence O. Burman] was quoted as saying. “This family has a well-founded fear of persecution… therefore, they are eligible for asylum.”
The parents identify themselves as evangelical Christians and say religion was the primary reason why they chose to homeschool their children. Hannelore Romeike said public education can never be neutral.
“During the last 10-20 years the curriculum in public schools has been more and more against Christian values,” she told the Associated Press.