18-year-old Mustafa Hasan is suing Norway’s Immigration Appeals Board

Mustafa HasanPhoto: Terje Bendiksby / NTB

The law firm Fend has filed a lawsuit against the Norwegian Immigration Appeals Board (UNE – Utlendingsnemnda) on behalf of Mustafa Hasan. They demand that the expulsion decision against him be annulled.

The differential treatment between Mustafa and his one-year older brother Abdel is the background for the lawsuit, the brothers’ lawyer Nicolai Skjerdal told news bureau NTB.

“It is incomprehensible and unreasonable,” he said.

Different caseworkers

The brothers came to Norway from Jordan in 2008 together with their mother and two other brothers and received a temporary residence permit. 

After four years, however, the permit was withdrawn because their mother, originally Palestinian but married in Jordan, had stated that she came from Palestine. 

The mother and two older brothers have been sent out of the country.

On March 20, 2019, Mustafa’s application for residence at the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) was rejected. 

In January of the following year, Abdel was granted residence.

The two had different caseworkers, Skjerdal stated.

Mustafa Hasan appealed the refusal to the Immigration Appeals Board (UNE), which upheld the decision. 

In the lawsuit, Mustafa and Fend now demand that the Oslo District Court declares UNE’s decision invalid.

Connection to Norway

“Abdel’s connection to Norway was decisive for the decision to grant him residence. It makes the whole thing even more incomprehensible. 

“UNE… states that the cases are not identical, and they are. It is very unsatisfactory and impossible to understand. The two brothers have been here for the same length of time,” Skjerdal said.

Extended deadline

Mustafa, who is in his final year of upper secondary school, actually had a deadline to leave Norway on December 28, but last week the deadline was extended to January 18.

Skjerdal is now asking the Oslo District Court to give him the right to stay in the country as long as the lawsuit is ongoing.

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