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Pharma entrepreneur wins right to stay in Sweden

Hussein Ismail came to Sweden from Lebanon in 2014 to take up the post of chief executive at Birka B..

By Sunday Herald Team , in World Update , at March 31, 2019

Hussein Ismail came to Sweden from Lebanon in 2014 to take up the post of chief executive at Birka Biostorage, which he co-founded remotely in 2011 with his brother Ali Ismail.

But at the start of 2018 the 33-year-old father-of-two was given four weeks to leave Sweden after Sweden's Migration Agency refused to renew his work permit.

The agency said it had rejected the renewal because Ismail had in 2015 paid him himself below the accepted union rate for two months, and below the minimum allowed for a work permit holder for one.

"This is the best thing that we hoped for," Ismail told The Local on Sunday. "Before the end of this one-year renewal, we will apply for permanent residency, and hopefully we will get that successfully and stay here for a longer time."

Ismail learnt on Tuesday that the Administration Court in Stockholm had ordered he be given a one-year work permit, overturning the decisions of both the Migration Agency and the Migration Court of Appeal.

His lawyer had argued that while he had had underpaid himself for three months in 2015, over the year as a whole his average salary had remained above the accepted union rate.

Ismail said he believed that Swedish courts and government agencies were not easily influenced by reports in the media, as they generally followed procedure and regulations.

But he said he believed concerted media campaigns such as the recent one against the expulsion of skilled workers and entrepreneurs could nevertheless "indirectly affect decision-makers".

He said the appeals process had been extremely stressful, and had left him unable to travel abroad for fear of not being able to return to Sweden.

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