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News by Fred Alan Medforth
Thursday, March 08, 2018
Refugees in the Netherlands don’t want to return because they are “too westernised”
Three female refugees want to avoid deportation by telling the Dutch court they are “too westernised” to return. The women from Afghanistan and Somalia think their lives are in danger because they no longer live in accordance with the standards for women in their home countries.
Today the women will appear before the highest Dutch administrative court where they will try to avoid deportation to their home countries. They claim their lives could be in danger because they accepted the ‘unacceptable’ Western standards for women.
“Here I can choose what I wear, what I do and who I am, I cannot do that in Afghanistan”, Mohadese Moradi said to Dutch national broadcaster NOS. The 21-year-old woman has lived in the Netherlands for seven years now.
The Dutch justice ministry replied to the case and said that being too westernised is not a ground for asylum and according to them ‘Limits to opportunities or self-development are not sufficient grounds for refugee status.’
It could take six weeks for the Dutch court to decide on the case. There is also a possibility that it will be referred to the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg.