Denmark Cancels Residency Permit for a Syrian Student Months Before Her Graduation

Denmark has caused a media storm after cancelling a Syrian student’s residency three months before graduating from high school, reports Etihad Press.

Danish Minister of Immigration and Integration, Mattias Tesfaye, created a crisis in Denmark when he canceled the resident status from a host of Syrian refugees, which would blow up their future.

The case of the Syrian student Aya Abu Zahr has gone viral on social media in Denmark after receiving an official letter that freezes her residency and demands that she leave the country, only three months before graduating from high school.

The photo of the young woman, and the graduation hat inscribed with her name, was widely circulated, as Aya (19 years) studied in the country from the seventh grade to high school. she is supposed to graduate this summer.

Tesfaye has been subjected to harsh criticism, especially given that one of his parents is an Ethiopian immigrant. The decision comes within a series of measures that Denmark began to implement, including the cancelation or freezing of residency for Damascus and its countryside, as they are considered “safe areas.”

Despite the storm of criticism Tesfaye faces, he insisted in press statements that he adhered to the decision, and said: “We apply the law to everyone. Although some establish their company, and others achieve success in high school, we have a law that must be implemented.”

In a relevant issue, reports said Friday that a Syrian refugee suffered a heart attack after being informed of his decision to be deported back to Damascus.


This article was translated and edited by The Syrian Observer. The Syrian Observer has not verified the content of this story. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.


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