German Family Get Political U.S. Asylum After Claims of Persecution in Germany Over Home Schooling

Strict Requirements to Be Granted Asylum

The German Consulates General did not immediately respond to an interview request by ABCNews.com but told The Associated Press in a written statement that German parents have a "wide range of education options for their children," and that the "mandatory school attendance policy ensures a high standard of learning for all children."

Donald Kerwin, a lawyer and asylum expert at the Migration and Policy Institute in Washington, D.C., said the strict requirements one must meet to apply for political asylum makes it hard for some families to succeed in similar court hearings the way the Romeikes did.

"There may be families who have hardships that are significantly greater than asylum seekers who actually get political asylum, but because they wouldn't necessarily meet the standards, they don't get [the same ruling]," said Kerwin.

"People have long recognized that the definition and eligibility for political asylum leaves out people who suffer extreme hardship, and I think that's a problem."

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