The state commission that reviews immigration cases (UNE) has decided not to appeal a court verdict that it erred in planning to deport a young man who’d been brought to Norway as a small child. Mustafa Hasan, nationally known as simply “Mustafa,” now may be able to remain in Norway, the country in which he grew up.
His mother had brought young Mustafa and her other children to Norway in 2008, claiming to be a Palestinian refugee. Years later, immigration authorities determined she had actually fled an allegedly abusive husband in Jordan, and therefore did not qualify for the asylum initially granted.
She later left Norway with two of Mustafa’s siblings, as did two older brothers, but Mustafa and another brother remained. When they turned 18, they were suddenly subject to deportation. Mustafa’s brother was later granted asylum and permanent residence in Norway on special humanitarian grounds, but not Mustafa. He was seen as being self-sufficient enough to be sent back to Jordan on the grounds his mother had brought him into the country illegally.
Now, reports newspaper Aftenposten, UNE agrees the court’s objections to the immigration agency’s initial decision on his fate were well-grounded, and that “new information” emerged during the court case. Now the agency must reevaluate Mustafa’s situation.
“This is a big step towards things finally being resolved,” Mustafa told Aftenposten on Tuesday. He and his many supporters maintain that he has a right to residence in Norway, where he’s lived since age six, based on humanitarian reasons.