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Family wins residency fight for senile mum

19 Dec 2012, 09:04

Published: 19 Dec 2012 09:04 GMT+01:00

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"A huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders," daughter Maria Larsson told the Aftonbladet newspaper after hearing her mother, Luzlinda, would be allowed to stay in Sweden.

Luzlinda has lived in Sweden for the last two years with her only daughter's family, but their attempts to get permanent residency were rejected by the Swedish Migration Board (Migrationsverket).

Subsequent appeals to the Migration Court of Appeals and the Migration Supreme Court of Appeals (Migrationsdomstolen and Migrationsöverdomstolen) were also rejected.

While they were waiting, the family had Luzlinda’s health assessed, which confirmed that she suffered from severe senility.

The family then filed new papers with the Migration Board asking that they at least delay the deportation process, a term known as inhibition in Swedish legal terms, on account of Luzlinda’s condition.

“We thought our case was solid. But it’s like the doctor's note and referring to similar cases just didn’t matter,” Luzlinda's son-in-law Mats previously told The Local.

The case echoed the now-famous tribulations of 91-year-old Ganna Chyzhevska, who, despite suffering from dementia, was to be deported to Ukraine before her family finally saw the decision overturned.

Luzlinda's family enlisted Chyzhevska's granddaughter Anna Otto in hopes of helping their case and Otto in turn brought in Maria Ferm, migration spokeswoman for the Green Party, to draw attention to their plight.

On Tuesday, the family learned that the Migration Board had reversed its deportation ruling.

In explaining the decision, officials pointed to Luzlinda's deteriorating health and the fact that she might die on the flight back to Colombia.

She has now been awarded permanent residency on health grounds, in contrast to the rejection from earlier in the year.

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"The new information was so convincing and shows she can't make the trip to Colombia," Jesper Starkerud at the Migration Board told Aftonbladet.

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11:23 December 19, 2012 by RobinHood
It is quite right that the ailing Luzlinda should be allowed to see out her golden years in Sweden. But it is also quite right that Swedish tax payers cannot accomodate all the elderly people unlucky enough to live in countries like Columbia where there is no geriatric care.

If Mats and Maria Larsson invited Luzlinda to Sweden knowing it was unlawful for her to be here, they must be prosecuted and pay the consequences.

Perhaps also an invitation might be in order for the Columbian embassador to visit a few geriatric care homes in Sweden to encourage the Columbian government to properly care for its own citizens, instead of relying on other countries to do it for them.
22:40 December 19, 2012 by k2kats
I was with you until your last paragraph, Robin.

I agree that every country should be encouraged to care for elders, but there is nothing "proper" about nursing homes; they're disruptive, disempowering, often depressing, and sometimes extraordinarily dangerous.
16:53 December 22, 2012 by odinmp5
its colombia, columbia its some place in the united states.

colombia does have geriatric care , off course not perfect.

most elderly people in colombia, when unable to care for themselves will try to live with their children, which happily accept to take care for them. sadly european and american cultures, have this strange need to get rid of their children when they are 18, and to get rid of their parents when they are 60.

i dont know exactly but i dont think is the colombian government´s fault luzlinda left. colombia has the ICBF, again not perfect, but has made a serious change when it comes to abandoned children , elders and the mentally ill. my guess, ? luzlinda might be a target of some violent group , due to the land disputes in the colombian rural areas. WHICH THE GOVERNMENT IS TRYING REALLY HARD TO SOLVE. get your facts straight!!
23:55 December 29, 2012 by AnnaOtto
I would guess lots of expats reading the local. What would you guys do if you would have got married here, and 30 years after your parents in your home country are so bad they need your help? Would you not like have them by your side the last years?

If you are already in a situation like this. What do you do?
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