Mother and terminally ill son can stay

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Immigration Minister Gerd Leers has decided that the terminally ill primary school child Ibrahim and his mother will be allowed to stay in the Netherlands and not be deported to Sri Lanka.

A spokesperson said that the minister used his discretionary powers to make this possible. The boy's grandmother will be granted a visa so the eight-year-old can see his grandmother one last time before he dies. The Immigration and Naturalisation Service was reportedly unaware of the seriousness of the boy's condition until Friday. Until then, the asylum requests filed by the boy and his mother were regarded as inadequate.

According to a spokesperson, Minister Leers wants to give the boy time to die in peace. The mother can stay as well, because she has a terminally ill child and the government does not wish to deport a single, traumatised woman.



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