Two Iranian PhD students have sued the Norwegian government after being expelled from the country on suspicion of gathering information that could aid Iran’s nuclear program. Hamideh Kaffash and Shanin Akbarnejad both enrolled at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, in the autumn of 2014.Both were pursuing PhDs in metallurgy, planning to spend 3 years in the city of Trondheim.
But 6 months into their studies, a letter from the Norwegian immigration authorities asked them to pack their bags and return to Iran within days, the Fars news agency reported on Saturday.
Kaffash says her studies were directed at protecting the environment.
The two students have said they believe Norwegian government is making decisions based either on misunderstandings or misjudging them based on nationality alone.