A 14-year-old school girl threatened with deportation to Afghanistan is to be allowed to stay in the Netherlands, immigration minister Gerd Leers said on Friday.

Sahar Hbrahim Gel and her family have lived in the Netherlands for 10 years. The appeal court decided in February that Sahar should be allowed to stay in the Netherlands because she was too westernised to settle back in to Afghan society.

Leers appealed against that decision, saying the ruling – based on the fact the girl was westernised - was of fundamental importance to Dutch immigration law.

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