DOT Desk: A Bangladeshi man with asthma was not deported from France after his lawyer argued that he risked a severe deterioration in his condition, and possibly premature death, due to the dangerous levels of pollution in his homeland, according to The Guardian.
 In a ruling believed to be the first of its kind in France, the appeals court in Bordeaux overturned an expulsion order against the 40-year-old man because he would face “a worsening of his respiratory pathology due to air pollution” in his country of origin, the report said,reports The Daily Star. “To my knowledge, this is the first time a French court has applied the environment as one of its criteria in such a case,” the report quoted the unnamed man’s lawyer, Ludovic Rivière. “It decided my client’s life would be endangered by the air quality in Bangladesh.”
According to the report, the court took into consideration the fact that the drugs the man is receiving in France are not available in Bangladesh, and that the Bangladeshi health system can only provide the night-time ventilation equipment he needs for his sleep apnoea in hospital.
It also heard evidence that the man’s father had died of an asthma attack at the age of 54, Rivière said, and that since arriving in France and beginning treatment, his respiratory capacity had increased from 58% in 2013 to 70% in 2018.