A total of 317 people were sent out of Norway in November, according to a report in newspaper Klassekampen. That’s 112 more than in the same month last year, and occurring at a time when the issue of forced and threatened returns is high on the political agenda.
Of those deported, 27 had been denied asylum in Norway. The vast majority couldn’t be returned to their homelands, for various reasons, and were thus sent to what was described by the Norwegian Police as “a safe third country.” Around a third of those deported were sent out of the country because of crimes they had committed while lacking permanent residence permission.
A total of 3,845 people lacking legal residence in Norway have been deported so far this year, down 19 percent from last year. The countries to which most illegal residents have been sent include Sweden, Poland and Ukraine.