Asylum seekers decline by half

A total of 674 people sought asylum in Norway during the first three months of this year, just over half the number who sought asylum in the first quarter of last year. There aren’t fewer people fleeing war and poverty, it’s just become much harder to get to Northern Europe. The numbers of new arrivals […]

Listhaug quits after losing confidence

UPDATED: She’d lost the confidence of a majority in Parliament and would have been held responsible for the collapse of Norway’s conservative coalition government. Justice Minister Sylvi Listhaug ultimately suffered the consequences of her controversial behaviour by announcing Tuesday morning that she would resign her cabinet post and instead take one of her Progress Party’s […]

Deported Afghan refugees forced to flee

Seven out of 10 Afghan refugees who’ve returned to Afghanistan are forced to flee again, claimed the Norwegian Refugee Council (Flyktninghjelpen) this week. It has criticized the Norwegian government’s program of forced returns of refugees not deemed as qualifying for asylum, and its secretary general Jan Egeland will meet Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide next […]

Rejected American refugee finally deported

Norwegian authorities ended up having to charter a private aircraft over the weekend and spend around NOK 1 million to forcibly return a former American diplomat to the US after her application for asylum in Norway was rejected. Two attempts to fly the woman back to the US on a commercial airliner failed when she […]

American disrupts deportation again

An American woman who failed to obtain the asylum she sought in Norway has once again delayed her deportation after causing a fuss on her outbound flight before takeoff last week. The pilot refused to fly with her onboard. It’s the second time in less than a month that Norwegian authorities have been foiled in […]

American asylum seeker foiled deportation

As the numbers of asylum seekers in Norway decline, one case involving a former American diplomat has presented special challenges for Norwegian authorities, and for all the other passengers on an SAS flight that was supposed to fly her back to the US just before Christmas. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported Friday on the latest developments […]

Debate flies over low asylum figures

Immigration and Integration Minister Sylvi Listhaug was predictably delighted by confirmation of the lowest numbers of asylum seekers arriving in Norway since 1995. Others claimed a wealthy country like Norway has no reason to be proud that it’s not offering refuge to many more people who need it. “We haven’t seen more people forced to flee […]

Immigration wins more supporters

Norwegians continue to have a more positive impression of immigrants, according to the latest national survey conducted by state statistics bureau SSB. More think it should be easier for asylum seekers to settle down in Norway and that immigrants make a useful contribution to the workforce, while most immigrants themselves are satisfied with life in […]

Parliament grants refugees a reprieve

Young refugees who fled terror and a dismal future in Afghanistan, but failed to win asylum in Norway, will no longer be all but automatically sent back when they turn 18. They’ve won the right to a new evaluation of their asylum applications, after a majority in Parliament granted them a reprieve on Tuesday, but […]

Most young Afghan refugees run away

As Norwegian politicians continue to negotiate over forced returns of young rejected refugees, new figures show that most of them disappear before deportations are carried out. Running away from the asylum centers where they’ve only been allowed to live temporarily indicates how desperate they are to avoid being sent back to dangerous homelands. Newspaper Dagsavisen […]