A brother and sister who emigrated from Pakistan to Norway with their mother when they were just three and four years old finally won the right to reside permanently in Norway this week, from the International Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.
The high court agree that deportation of Abbas and Fozia Butt, now young adults, would violate their human rights, since they grew up in Norway and consider Norway their home.
Norwegian authorities had revoked their permanent residence permission after their mother supplied incorrect information about a visit to Pakistan in their youth. She died in 2007 and at one point, the two siblings sought asylum in an Oslo church to avoid being sent out of the country.
Now they’ve won the right to legally remain in Norway, pending any further appeals from the Norwegian government. Both said they were relieved, but worn out after years of legal uncertainty over their fate.