State boosts financial aid for rejected refugees

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Families whose applications for asylum in Norway have been rejected by state authorities are now being offered more financial aid if they leave the country voluntarily.

Officials at state immigration agency UDI (Utlendingsdirektoratet) are offering parents NOK 10,000 in cash (around USD 1,700) per child if they return to their homelands willingly, instead of subjecting themselves to forced deportation by police.

“We hope the extra support will motivate the families into choosing to travel home,” new UDI director Frode Forfang told news bureau NTB. More than 2,000 refugee family members with small children now live at asylum centers around Norway.

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