Norway postpones deportation of 83-year-old woman 

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Norway postpones deportation of 83-year-old woman 
The UNE has said that the deportation of an 83-year-old Japanese women over Christmas will be postponed. Pictured is a flight in Norway.

The scheduled deportation of an 83-year-old Japanese woman from Norway over Christmas has been postponed as the Immigration Appeals Board (UNE) will re-review her case. 


The deportation of 83-year-old Takako Ellefsen, who has lived in Norway three times during her life, has been postponed as immigration authorities will make a new assessment of her case. 

In December, the UNE rejected her appeal after the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) turned down her initial application for residence in November 2021. 

“Up until this point, Takako has been staying legally in Norway,” Alexander Nyheim Jenssen, the lawyer for the woman, told the newspaper VG


The UNE said it would make a new decision on Ellefsen’s residence status in January or February next year. 

In addition to living in Norway during the 60s and 2000s before moving back to Norway in 2020, Ellefsen was married to a Norwegian for 46 years before he died in 2009. 

Her application for residence was initially turned down because it was decided that her health insurance, a requirement for the permit she applied for, wasn’t comprehensive enough to cover any potential medical expenses in Norway. 

Ellefsen’s daughter, Klara Johanne, told NRK last week that the decision to deport her mother meant she would have to move back to Japan with her as she could not care for herself. 


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