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Zarmena Waziri’s dementia is so severe that when she recently ate an orange she forgot to swallow and nearly choked to death. She has suffered multiple strokes, has high blood pressure and wears a diaper.
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Now, in a case that has captured headlines across Denmark, the Danish authorities have called for Mrs. Waziri, a 70-year-old Afghan woman, to be deported to Afghanistan, where, her children say, she is sure to die.
Her daughter Marzia, her main caregiver, has lived in Aarhus, Denmark’s second-largest city, for 25 years and owns a small grocery business. Marzia’s two children are Danish citizens.
“I live in constant fear that I am going to come home and find that the door has been knocked down and that my mother is gone,” said Ms. Waziri, who spoke fluent Danish and was close to tears. “She wouldn’t last a day in Afghanistan. She has no one there.”
The Danish authorities counter that the decision to deport Mrs. Waziri is of her own making: She broke the law. Since November 2012, her various applications to remain in the country have been rejected three times, and she has disregarded every order to leave.
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Human rights advocates say humanitarian imperatives should trump legal considerations. The case is now under review.
Under the’s policy, “countries may not forcibly return refugees to a territory where they face danger,” but, in practice, the granting of asylum is largely at a country’s discretion, according to legal experts. Cases like Mrs. Waziri’s invariably cause a clash between humanitarian concerns and the letter of the law.
spokesman for Northern Europe for the refugee agency, said it would strongly advise against returning to Afghanistan a person who had failed to receive asylum but was older and ill because, aside from the growing violence there, Afghanistan lacked appropriate facilities to care for her.
“Without a social network who can support her in Afghanistan, she is at risk of serious harm,” he wrote in an email.
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Before Mrs. Waziri became ill, her family said, she was a pioneering woman’s rights activist and teacher, who was among the first women in Afghanistan to publicly remove her veil, shake a man’s hand and run for Parliament, in the late 1960s.
Countries across Europe have been tightening immigration rules assimmer on . A tough stance on refugees has become such a vote-getter in Denmark that the integration minister, , recently celebrated the government’s 50th anti-immigration regulation with .
Such hardening attitudes are not limited to Denmark. Inwhich accepted more than one million refugees and migrants in 2015 and faces elections in September, three mass expulsions of Afghan men have occurred since last fall. Hungary, evoking echoes of World War II, recently unveiled plans to in small enclosed villages surrounded by razor wire.
Denmark’s tightening rules do not concern only those from war-torn countries., a 60-year-old retired Houston native who worked for the World Health Organization in Copenhagen, became a cause célèbre in Denmark this month after she was ordered to leave after living there for 32 years. After she made several heartfelt pleas on television in American-accented Danish, she was notified the day before her planned deportation that she could stay, at least while the authorities reviewed her case.
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in Europe that incoming terrorists are masquerading as refugees and that welfare states are being overstretched. In Denmark, a culture war over Islam exploded after lampooning the Prophet Muhammad in a Danish newspaper in 2005 spurred a violent reaction around the world.
Aarhus, where the Waziri family lives, has attracted unwanted attention for its gritty immigrant neighborhoods, but has also gained notice for a successful program toin a country with the second-highest number of foreign fighters per capita.
As in other countries across Europe, a far-right populist party,, is attracting voters by railing against immigration. The center-right government of Prime Minister has supported dozens of restrictive anti-immigrant measures, including a law requiring newly arrived refugees to hand over valuables like gold or jewelry to help pay the costs of lodging them.
Denmark is so eager to speed up deportations that in March, the government chartered a flight for about 50 police officers and officials to return 16 rejected asylum seekers to Kabul.
a senior member of the Danish People’s Party who is chairman of Parliament’s Committee on Foreigners and Integration, said immigration from Muslim-majority countries was threatening Danish identity and the country’s vaunted tolerance.
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“Some see humanism as an obligation to let a lot of Muslims into your country, but that’s not how I see humanism,” he said in a phone interview from Copenhagen. “The immigration we’ve had, particularly from Muslim countries, has in many ways destroyed our country.”
While empathizing with Mrs. Waziri’s case, he said a person’s dementia or illness was not a sufficient ground to offer refuge in Denmark. “We don’t return people if we know there’s an execution battalion waiting for them at the airport,” he added. “Of course we don’t.”
Mrs. Waziri journey from Afghanistan to Denmark took root in 2008 after she suffered the first of several strokes, and her husband, a wealthy landowner from the Gereshk District of Helmand Province, married a much younger woman who did not want to take care of her, her family said. After she joined two of her children in Denmark in 2012, her husband was murdered in bed one morning by the Taliban, leaving her with no family back home to care for her.
(Her five other children live in Germany, but under European Union rules she must apply for asylum in Denmark since she landed there first.)
, the advocacy group helping Mrs. Waziri, said the government had first refused to grant her application for asylum, since she had a husband in Afghanistan. By the time he was killed, she was already in Denmark, disqualifying her from applying for family reunification from abroad. Mrs. Waziri’s daughter said the family had ignored several deportation orders, fearing that going back to Afghanistan would kill her mother.
Mrs. Waziri’s granddaughter Hosna Waziri, who is 20 and an aspiring doctor, said in fluent English that since all the members of the family worked or studied, they sometimes had to leave her grandmother alone on the sofa, with only Afghan music as company.
She said that her parents came to Denmark from Afghanistan to escape oppression when the country was under Communism, and that no one in the family wanted to return, including her grandmother, whom, she noted, cannot recall her seven children’s names.
“When we ask my grandmother if she wants to go back to Afghanistan, she says, ‘No, I don’t like it there,’” Hosna Waziri said. “She tells us: ‘It is dirty. I don’t want to be surrounded by women with their faces covered.’”
Violence, Bloodshed Mount in Afghanistan, Report Says .
The SIGAR report also says stopping the Taliban and other groups from increasing control of the countryside is a challenge for Afghan security forces.The quarterly report, issued Monday by the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), says the Afghan forces' fight against the Taliban has become increasingly bloody, with casualties "shockingly high" 16 years after the first U.S. forces arrived in the country.