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 […]

Listhaug: ‘Don’t halt Afghan returns’

UPDATED: Norway’s Immigration Minister Sylvi Listhaug warned the Norwegian Parliament in the strongest of terms on Wednesday against halting returns of refugees from Afghanistan who fail to qualify for asylum. The deportations of Afghans are controversial, especially when they involve young refugees as soon as they turn Norway’s legal age of 18, but Listhaug warned […]

Rejected refugee returns after lashing

An Iranian woman, deported after her asylum application was rejected by Norwegian authorities, landed back in Norway on Friday after allegedly being subjected to the punishment she’d feared when she fled Iran in 2009. Leila Bayat had claimed all along that she had sought asylum in Norway back in 2009 because she faced a sentence […]

Calls rise to halt Afghan returns

Norway’s conservative government is under more pressure to stop sending rejected refugees back to Afghanistan, especially minors when they turn 18. Amnesty International is among those demanding the halt to forced refugee returns, claiming Afghanistan is as dangerous as ever, but there’s still broad political support for the practice, also from the Labour and Center […]

American fights for asylum in Norway

Norwegian immigration and asylum officials have found themselves in an unusual situation, after an American citizen who has held both ordinary and diplomatic US passports sought asylum in Norway. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported Wednesday morning that she’s pursuing her case from an asylum center in Trøndelag, central Norway. NRK reported that the case has a […]

Norway’s share of refugees plummets

Just two years after more than 30,000 refugees arrived in Norway, the  country’s share of all asylum seekers in Europe has declined dramatically. Norway also ranks high in rejecting asylum seekers, and in forcibly sending them out of the country. Only Bulgaria rejects more would-be refugees than Norway, according to new statistics from Eurostat, the official statistics service for the […]

Life ‘too difficult’ in Norway for ‘illegals’

Only three out of every 100 would-be refugees try to remain in Norway if their applications for asylum are rejected. A new survey carried out by the state police agency charged with enforcing immigration law indicates that it’s simply too difficult to live as an illegal alien in Norway. Newspaper Aftenposten reports that the survey by Politiets […]

Refugee arrivals now ‘historically low’

The numbers of asylum seekers who have made it on their own to Norway have fallen to their lowest level in more than two decades. Most of the decline is linked to closed borders in southern Europe that have prevented refugees from traveling north. New numbers from state immigration agency UDI (Utlendingsdirektoratet) show that only 2,380 […]

Only nine border crossings are staffed

Norway has 78 border crossings along the vast length of the country, but only nine are actually staffed with border patrol and customs agents, news bureau ABC Nyheter reported this week. Even though the government has boosted border control, officials say it’s “impossible” to have guards posted from southern Sweden all the way north to Finland […]