Three refugee women from Afghanistan and Somalia will appear before the highest Dutch administrative court on Thursday, arguing they are too westernised to be sent back to their countries of origin.
They claim that being sent back would put their lives in danger because they no longer comply with the standards of female behaviour considered acceptable there.
One woman, a 21-year-old Afghan woman who has been in the Netherlands for seven years, told broadcaster NOS she has made her life in the Netherlands. 'Here I can chose what I wear, what I do and who I am,' Mohadese Moradi said. 'I cannot do that in Afghanistan.'
'This is an important case,' European asylum law professor Hemme Battjes told the broadcaster.