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Norway child asylum law more positive. A new forthcoming government white paper contains no changes to the law about child asylum seekers but improves things slightly. In it, officials ask the Immigration Appeals Board (UNE) to take the best interests of the child more into account when looking at cases where applications have been turned down. The government’s move is meant to make what this means clearer. There have been widespread political calls to give amnesty to children, especially following January’s Norway-Ethiopia return agreement.

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Norway child asylum law more positive

Published on Thursday, 31st May, 2012 at 16:08 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith and Michael Sandelson      .
Last Updated on 3rd June 2012 at 16:40.

A new forthcoming government white paper contains no changes to the law about child asylum seekers but improves things slightly.

Inga Marte Thorkildsen.
'More children will stay than at present', says the ministerInga Marte Thorkildsen.
Photo: Berit Roald/Scanpix


In it, officials ask the Immigration Appeals Board (UNE) to take the best interests of the child more into account when looking at cases where applications have been turned down. The government’s move is meant to make what this means clearer.

There have been widespread political calls to give amnesty to children, especially following January’s Norway-Ethiopia return agreement.

Many felt the number of years a child spent in Norway should be given more weight in determining whether he/she should be allowed to stay.

Ann-Magrit Austenå from the Norwegian Organisation for Asylum Seekers (NOAS) greeted the change positively.

“Until now, the number of years a child has lived in Norway has been cancelled out, with the reasoning that its parents have broken the law. We are pleased that a specification has now come [...] regarding emphasising the child's best interest, so that the number of years in Norway both before and after an application for asylum shall be considered equal,” she told NTB.

Around 450 Asylum children have been living in Norway for three or more years, with several being born in Norway. Minister of Justice Grete Faremo publicised a legislation change earlier this year concerning the rights of the child.

About the white paper, Minister of Children, Equality, and Social Inclusion Inga Marte Thorkildsen said, “I’m very pleased that we now take greater account of children of asylum seekers who have been in Norway and that the professional child expertise regarding immigration matters is to be strengthened.

“The government's clarification means that more children than at present will stay. Some children, who would otherwise have been sent out, will be granted residency. Moreover, anyone can ask the UNE to reconsider their case.”




Published on Thursday, 31st May, 2012 at 16:08 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith and Michael Sandelson      .
Last updated on 3rd June 2012 at 16:40.

This post has the following tags: norwayasylumpolicy, childasylumseekersnorway, norwegianimmigrationauthorities.





  
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