Sunday, May 22

Mustafa Hasan (19) is allowed to stay in Norway

After almost 14 years in Norway, Mustafa Hasan (19) finally gets a residence permit. The Immigration Appeals Board has decided that.

The Immigration Appeals Board (Une) has now decided that the 19-year-old will receive a residence permit in Norway, after almost 14 years in the country.

– I cracked up, it was absolutely incredible, says a relieved Hasan NRK.

He has lived and grown up in Asker since he was six years old.

Hasan came to Norway from Jordan with his family in 2008. Most of the family members were sent out of the country, but not Hasan because he was under 18 years old. When he turned 18 in 2020, he received a final decision that he had to leave the country in a short time.

– Born again

Last year, Une’s decision on deportation was declared invalid in Oslo District Court, and thus the case had to be re-examined. This time, Une has come to the conclusion that the 19-year-old will receive a residence permit in Norway.

– It feels like I was born again, he says VG.

– In my head I have planned what I would do when I found out, but now I just have to breathe, Hasan says to NRK.

Name of the year

The case has led to great commitment, and Hasan has received broad support from the local community and politicians. A demonstration outside the Storting in November received a lot of attention and made the case a national news.

Not long after, more than 100,000 people signed a signature campaign to ensure that Hasan could stay in Norway.

He was also named Name of the Year 2021 in The online newspaper.

Cold sorting

The decision also creates reactions politically.

Red believes this is not only a victory for Mustafa, but also for all those who are fighting for a more solidary policy.

– We sincerely want more such examples where human considerations, the connection to Norway and young people’s mental health outweigh the cold sorting that apparently lies in the instruction Une has worked according to in recent years, says Rødt’s Storting politician Tobias Drevland Lund.

SV tells NTB that this must also have consequences for other cases.

– It should actually not be the case that we throw out children who have grown up in Norway. They belong here, says SV’s immigration policy spokesperson, Grete Wold.

– Young people like Mustafa, should not go through life in uncertainty in this way. Therefore, we will work to ensure that the Mustafa case also leads to a change in the system, she says.

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