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Last minute reprieve for 90-year-old deportee

TT/The Local/rm · 18 Oct 2011, 15:55

Published: 18 Oct 2011 15:55 GMT+02:00

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”She was amazingly pleased,” said granddaughter Anna Otto to news agency TT.

Otto received a call from the Migration Board when she was accompanying her grandmother to Arlanda. They had reached the northern outskirts of the capital when the phone rang.

Otto hadn't told her grandmother that she was going to be put on a plane back to Ukraine, but that a film was being recorded about her at the airport, according to the Aftonbladet daily.

As soon as Otto received the good news however, she spilled the beans to her grandmother.

"Then Ganna said 'Is it true? Can I really stay?'," Otto told the paper, adding how her grandmother sat smiling quietly the whole taxi ride back to their home.

The authorities at Arlanda airport, outside Stockholm, had been informed of the cancelled deportation at the very last minute.

Otto had spent the day out at the airport trying to convince the airline to refuse her grandmother to board the plane, due to her medical condition.

However, her efforts had been to no avail, and she had returned to the city to collect her grandmother to escort her to the airport when the Migration Board rang.

However, according to Andreas Lundberg at the Migration Board, this is just a temporary reprieve even if it may become permanent.

”The case is under review by the European Court of Human Rights,” said Lundberg to TT.

Otto is aware that it is only a temporary reprieve.

"No, this is not for ever. It has simply been called off for now," she said to TT.

The relief that the deportation was called off on Tuesday afternoon was obvious however and to Aftonbladet Otto said:

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"We have battled and won. I am overjoyed and relieved. It is fantastic!"

Protests against the deportation have been strong, with both individuals and organisations speaking up on Chyzhevska's behalf and several political parties are now demanding that the legislation is changed.

Otto is now hoping that the wave of criticism against the deportation of her grandmother may make it possible for her to stay permanently in Sweden.

"I don't know if this will happen, but now we have won some time," said Otto to Aftonbladet.

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

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16:27 October 18, 2011 by Rick Methven
"According to Andreas Lundberg at the Migration Board, this is just a temporary reprieve even if it may become permanent."

Does that mean he is still planning to deport her whatever?

I hope that this soulless a**hole is dumped by his family if he ever gets dementia.

It looks like that you cannot work for Migrationverket if you have both a father and a mother
16:36 October 18, 2011 by crocadoodledoo
good news. sometimes people who work at migrationsverket must use their conscience and not merely rules to give decisions.
16:36 October 18, 2011 by 4254
this raises many questions: why information was given to the ladies "last minute"?

what "new review"? was the case filed before to the court? which desicion was made?

it would be a nice idea to i think to decimate the management of migration board. not to death, just deportation to a random third world country, with no pocket money, for a few months. then take 'em back of course.
16:50 October 18, 2011 by StockholmSam
Wow, it took the European Court of Human Rights to convince Migrationsverket of that which thousands of Swedish citizens have been telling them over and over and over again.
17:07 October 18, 2011 by hatim
I suspect that Migrationverket needs an overhaul. It is not the Swedish migration policies that are problematic, it is the people work over there...or should I say people who show up for work there.
17:08 October 18, 2011 by Imperor
Human Rights just don't rank that high in the "Alliances" Sweden...
17:15 October 18, 2011 by andyron2
Common sense has finally prevailed.
17:33 October 18, 2011 by Tennin
I hope the grandmother will be able to stay for good.
17:55 October 18, 2011 by jvtx3232
They need to spend a lot less time worrying about to deporting 90-year-old grandmothers from the Ukraine, and a lot more time working to deport all the hoards of Muslim refugees who don't even care about the country, or trying to learn the language, or anything!
18:13 October 18, 2011 by salamanderexpo
Migrationsverket have there own laws what they can create with there imaginations, they do not follow the law completely, i have best advise for old lady go to afghan embassy in Oslo and get the Afghan passport . they issue to every one who goes there and ask for passport without any proof , they are helpful to any one without any proof, then she can come back and ask for refugee status here in Sweden she will get easily.i know how it is easy done here and migrationsverket will not ask her if indeed she is afghan national. i know a guy who did and succeed and he is staying here in Sweden.

people who deserve to be here are told to go back, but who knows there way via (Afghan embassy in Oslo ) get the the things done for them.

migationsveket and authorities have double standards of practice here in Sweden
18:14 October 18, 2011 by bells on the knight
the reason why she wasn't allowed to stay in the first place....... look at her skin. it's white and I bet she's not muslim.

had she just claimed she was from, say Chechnya, red silk carpet would have been rolled out LOL
18:37 October 18, 2011 by DAVID T
I'm just wondering why my taxes have to pay for someone who's never worked or paid taxes here - surely this is for the Ukraine to sort out as I presume if she's ever worked then she paid taxes there. If her children don't like it then they can travel with her and look after her in the Ukraine. Or should we let everybody in who has a sob story
21:05 October 18, 2011 by Abe L
Sure, play the "but she's old and sick" card and you can stay. As always.

Wish the Swedish government would start serving the interests of people paying taxes in that country. She was denied residency 7 times but it makes no difference.

Her family could have gone back with her to their homeland and taken care of her and this would have been a complete non-issue.
21:41 October 18, 2011 by ironman294
I am glad that the majority of comments in here are for the 90 yr old grandmother. I cannot believe comments such as why should my tax dollars pay for her. (Her family has the means to support her and have stated in teh past that they work here and pay taxes and wnat to care for their relative)

And then the last comment saying they should go back to where they came from is pretty awful. The daughter and grandaughter are citizens of Sweden, or only being born their makes you a Swede? So rather than change the migration board policies, and reform their heartlessness they should pick-up and go back to where they came from.

Have you ever been to Ukraine? It is not that great of a life, compared to Sweden and many other european countries.

Have a heart but it appears you do not.
21:53 October 18, 2011 by 0007
me with Abe L.........her family came to sweden as refugees and sweden been very good for them and what else they need....they wants us to belive that there is no one there.......this is no good...
22:24 October 18, 2011 by Nilspet
I do with Hatim's comment number 5.
22:45 October 18, 2011 by Sayitt
How cold is Migrationsverket? Where is the human compassion? European Court of Human Rights had to intervene..incredible to me !
10:17 October 19, 2011 by KPA65
she's just an old woman...have a heart please....

if i'm to pay high taxes then so be it, if they are to go towards a woman in her 90's that hasn't a clue what's going on around her. What is this world coming to?
13:54 October 19, 2011 by Keith #5083
I feel it is quite unfair to criticise civil servants who have rules regulating what they may or may not do with the taxpayer's money. I can guess that such civil servants are as relieved as anyone that the decision, albeit temporarily, is taken out of their hands.

We would certainly not find it easy to have anything like a substantial minority who would object to some compassion in case like this. Most of us would not find great objection to some charitable actions towards this elderly and sick lady.

If we want civil servants to give humane consideration to cases like this, we should petition our politicians to give them the laws that allow for such.

I,personally, am happy for this latest development with this elderly lady.
20:48 October 19, 2011 by 4254
>civil servants are as relieved as anyone that the decision, albeit temporarily, is taken out of >their hands.

this must be true. why do you need such the "civil cervants"? they new what kind of "decisions" they will have to take when accepting these jobs. but they are unable to make the decisions.

just wondering: who is responsible for making a decision? a responsible person or "a board", or "a counsil" or, eventually, "a service", i.e. are the things arranged inside the Migration Service in a way so that there are no responsible person for a decision made?
08:09 October 24, 2011 by theibmsstate
if swedish old woman with age of 90,ukrine govt ask to leave the country than??????????????????

before 1980 swedish was poor country even they didnt have money for food..native swedish are good but east europe e.g polish or other country people came they r ass hole except americans, americans r good.
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