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A pattern refugee

The Wait.
Regissør: Emil Langballe
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Rokhsar Sediqi is 14 years, lives with his family in Denmark and has been waiting for a residence permit for four years. But what could have been an important and humane account of her destiny is jarring.

Rokhsar is 14 years old when we meet her. Together with her family, she is waiting for a response to her application for asylum in Denmark, after they fled Afghanistan in 2010. As the youngest in the family, she started school on arrival and quickly learned Danish. She is now the family's spokesperson who contacts the Danish immigration authorities and the Danish Refugee Council, takes conversations with the lawyer Aage Kramp and interprets for the parents. The institutions do not have the opportunity to provide Rokhsar with information about their case, so they are fighting a continuous battle to find out how it really progresses. Following a negative decision, lawyer Kramp sees an alternative option: UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, paragraph 9, letter c, which may be relevant due to the unusual circumstances surrounding Rokhsar's rapid and complete integration into it. . .

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