Norway court backs expulsion of child asylum seekers

December 21, 2012 16:31

OSLO - Norway's supreme court ruled on Friday it was legal to expel two nine-year-old asylum seekers, even though they had spent most or all of their lives in the country, in a case lawyers said could set a precedent for another 540 children.

The court rejected an appeal launched on the children's behalf by a campaign organization that had argued the Bosnian girl and the Iranian boy had a right to remain after their parents' asylum application was turned down.

"The 540 children seeking asylum in Norway have no chance now, regardless how long they waited," Jan Fougner, a defense lawyer for one of the families said.

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