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2013 Norway asylum application approvals up. More asylum seekers were granted residence in Norway last year than in 2012, Immigration Directorate (UDI) figures show. Deportations were also up. The 5,800 of the 9,000 asylum seekers who received approval for their asylum application means the grant rate was 65%. It was 58% in 2012. 2010 saw 31% granted.   Despite the increased approval rate last year, there was also a rise in the number of so-called ‘Assisted Returns’.  1,900 people were sent back to their home country through this system, 140 more than in 2012.

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2013 Norway asylum application approvals up

Published on Friday, 28th March, 2014 at 10:26 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock.

More asylum seekers were granted residence in Norway last year than in 2012, Immigration Directorate (UDI) figures show. Deportations were also up.

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More Norway asylum application approvals and more deportations for 2013, according to the UDI.Norwegian border
Photo: Hardo Müller/Flickr


The 5,800 of the 9,000 asylum seekers who received approval for their asylum application means the grant rate was 65%. It was 58% in 2012. 2010 saw 31% granted.  

Despite the increased approval rate last year, there was also a rise in the number of so-called ‘Assisted Returns’.  1,900 people were sent back to their home country through this system, 140 more than in 2012.

Moreover, 5,200 people received an expulsion decision, 1,000 more than in 2012. This is the highest number ever.

Of this figure, 2,600 were expelled due to immigration law breaches, “with almost just as many [again] after being convicted under EEA rules,” states the UDI. Those who were expelled for violating the Immigration Act were mostly from Afghanistan and Iraq, the figures show.

2013 also saw 39,000 people from the EEA working in Norway, whilst 8,300 from outside this area were granted a work permit.

The number of foreign students in Norway was also up, with 4,400 EEA and 3,400 non-EEA nationals being granted a study permit, respectively.

Most EEA students came from Germany, France, and Spain. China, Russia, and US students accounted for the highest numbers of ex-EEA students.

  • Immigration authorities state they are constantly working to shorten the application submission-response time.
  • 54% of asylum applicants received a reply within two months for protection, 95% within 12 months.
  • 45% of those applying for family reunification received a reply within three months, 96% within 12 months.
  • Family-related immigration was the largest category, followed by citizenship, protection, and work.           



Published on Friday, 28th March, 2014 at 10:26 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock.

This post has the following tags: immigration, asylum, norway, scandinavia.





  
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