Sweden grants temporary asylum to 106-year-old Afghan woman

STOCKHOLM— A 106-year-old Afghan woman who made a perilous journey to Europe in 2015 that involved her son and grandson carrying her through mountains, deserts, and forests has finally been granted temporary shelter in Sweden.

The Migration Court of Appeal said Wednesday that it has reversed a decision by the Swedish Migration Agency to deport Bibihal Uzbeki, who is severely disabled and can barely speak.

The court said she was in ‘‘a very bad state of health, [which] may deteriorate drastically,’’ adding that an expulsion ‘‘could be considered inhuman and degrading treatment.’’


It conceded that ‘‘particular consideration’’ had been given to ‘‘the extremely high age of the woman’’ and ‘‘her very bad state of health.’’ That countered the agency’s view that age doesn’t by itself provide grounds for asylum.

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Her grandson Mohammed Uzbeki said the ruling meant she was given a residence permit for 13 months.

associated press