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Afghan refugee, 106, ‘happy’ at Sweden asylum U-turn

05:51 Fri Oct 06, 2017


Taken from/By: BBC News
Report by: BBC News

A 106-year-old Afghan woman has told the BBC she is “happy” a Swedish court has overturned a decision to deport her.

Khalbibi Uzbeki, who is bedridden and nearly blind, is believed to be the oldest person to have sought asylum in Europe.

“I couldn’t go to Afghanistan, security isn’t good and there are not health services for my needs,” she said.

The migration court said it had ruled on humanitarian grounds.

“… It would be shocking to require her to travel to her home country,” the court in the city of Gothenburg added.

Its decision overruled the rejection of Ms Uzbeki’s asylum request by the Swedish Migration Board in May.

Ms Uzbeki travelled to Europe in 2015, and was carried across mountains and deserts by her son and grandson, AP news agency reported.

However her other family members are still waiting to see if their asylum requests will be granted, her grandson Mohammad Uzbeki told the BBC.

“We are all very happy for the decision but just to highlight she is one of our 12-member family in Sweden that got a positive decision, the remaining 11 of us are all



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