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91-year-old 'deportee' gets Swedish residency

91-year-old 'deportee' gets Swedish residency

Published: 13 Jun 2012 08:09 GMT+02:00
Updated: 13 Jun 2012 08:09 GMT+02:00

After seven reviews from the Swedish Migration Board (Migrationsverket) and one final review by the European Court of Human Rights, Ganna Chyzevska has been given permanent residence to live out the rest of her days in Sweden with her family.

However, a spokesperson of the Board claims that it was the woman's illness that ultimately led to authorities' reversal in the matter.

“We have received new information and reviewed the case again, and with this new information we can say that it’s no longer reasonable that she travels. She cannot handle a flight,” said Annette Bäcklund of Migrationsverket to the TT news agency.

Bäcklund emphasized that the woman’s sickness was behind the decision to allow her to stay in Sweden.

Family members of Chyzevska were beaming with the news that the nonagenarian could stay.

“I am so overwhelmed, I am really happy,” said her granddaughter Anna Otto to TT.

“I’ve spoken with my mother, and now Grandma knows too. She is happy, but tired.”

The 91-year-old, whose imminent deportation to Ukraine was stopped at the last minute in October by the European Court, has been the subject of a continuing debate ever since it came to light that it appeared she would be sent to Kiev to fend for herself.

The elderly woman has heart problems, is almost blind, and suffers dementia.

Since Chyzevska’s husband died of cancer eight years ago, she has been forced to travel between Ukraine and Sweden several times, only being granted temporary visas and residency permits for short periods of time.

Chyzevska’s application for residency was initially denied due to what Otto describes as “not a close enough family connection” to her remaining relatives in Sweden.

“We didn’t live in the same household as my grandmother before we moved to Sweden. My mother was 50 years old when she moved here. It isn’t common for a person to live with their parents at that age,” her granddaughter told The Local at the time.

According to current Swedish law, a family member needs to be living with their adult children and be financially dependent on them before the residency permit is granted based on family connections.

Due to the woman’s advanced stages of dementia, Swedish doctors pleaded with authorities that she would not be able to survive in Kiev alone, however the pleas fell on deaf ears.

However, Bäcklund claims that the public protests and the fact that the European Court of Human Rights intervened had no influence in the result.

“It doesn’t influence the legal assessment of a case. It is only the new circumstances in the case that have meant we’ve made an examination and concluded that she cannot travel under the current circumstances,” she told TT.

TT/The Local/og (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

09:18 June 13, 2012 by Boar
Poor Granny. I hope her family is happy now.
09:29 June 13, 2012 by Nilspet
I do not believe that the EU court and media reports had no influence. WIthout these do you really think that the authorities would give in?
09:53 June 13, 2012 by Greysuede
What a joke !

Kiev, Ukraine is safe !

Does it mean that all grannies worldwide can come and stay as residents in this country?
13:39 June 13, 2012 by foxpur
@Greysuede:

It never said that Kiev, Ukraine is un-safe...

Only that due to her health issues sending her to Kiev, Ukraine is likely fatal to HER. That why cases are taken on a case by case bases. Pay attention to the detail.
13:40 June 13, 2012 by Cephalectomy
very very old news, she got the residence at least 3 months ago. and we saw that on the news. is the local just looking at very old newspapers and pickipng u pstuff again ?
15:17 June 13, 2012 by Greysuede
@foxpur

I didn't know that health issues of civilians are being taken care of Geneva Convention Rules as well. So why do we need National Health Services when Geneva Convention and the United Nations are taking a good care of us all?
17:13 June 13, 2012 by Keith #5083
It is good to see that, in the final analysis, compassion overruled all other considerations.A civilised society can always find space for humane actions. Those that object are,perhaps, the ones living in the wrong country!
17:39 June 13, 2012 by Åskar
@Keith #5083

Hear! Hear!
18:34 June 13, 2012 by Boar
@Greysuede

For me it doesn't matter if my tax money is going to such good old people who are dependents for their family members. I pay an annual tax of 50 k to 70 k each year. Absolutely I have no problem and several others also think the same. We live in a good society as give and take. We help each other and should think we could also end up in that situation in future.

There are thousands of leaches around who come and just make several kids and living on social for ages. They never worked their whole life. Do you also belong to such category by complaining by not working? By just finding a girl and making children and leaching the Försäkringskassan as much as possible in every single way?
20:04 June 13, 2012 by otwa
@Boar it is a very nice reply and gives a good message to such mentally poor people like @Greysuede.
23:03 June 13, 2012 by foxpur
@Greysuede

Tell you what... we can happily prove your point..

"The elderly woman has heart problems, is almost blind, and suffers dementia."

We will blind you (mostly), medically induce a heart issue (something urgent but not critical), give you severe concussion (closest to Dementia I can come up with, updated every 4 days or so), break your knees (to simulate 91 year old age problems) and release you in a Kiev with no support. If, after lets us say... 1 month, you can get back on your feet and arrangefull care without using family or embassy.. Then I will accept your idea as plausable.
01:06 June 14, 2012 by Greysuede
Hah ha ha we can just see who's mentally ill who's not.

ya green cucumbers need to grow up to understand greysuede.
05:03 June 14, 2012 by Boar
People like greysuede think that they are supporting everyone. Whom do you think are supporting? Best places for you can be Amazon or Siberia where you have plenty of space and can live there peacefully for the rest of your life. You can make your own road and collect your own tax and take required medication by your own recommendations, by educating yourself. I don't think anyone could object in that.
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