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“Process all Afghani asylum applications,” Norwegian NGO says. Afghan interpreter Faizullah Muradi (22) who worked for the Norwegian forces has not been granted asylum in Norway yet. The center of a political U-turn, asylum seeker organisations think the government should follow up. Mr Muradi’s asylum application was rejected on 21st May. Police in Southern Norway’s Mandal picked him up last Tuesday and put him on a plane to Italy. According to state broadcaster NRK, Mr. Muradi fled to Italy first before coming to Norway. This meant his case fell under the Dublin Regulation.

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“Process all Afghani asylum applications,” Norwegian NGO says

Published on Sunday, 8th June, 2014 at 09:02 under the news category, by Sarah Winkelmann.
Last Updated on 8th June 2014 at 11:34.

Afghan interpreter Faizullah Muradi (22) who worked for the Norwegian forces has not been granted asylum in Norway yet. The center of a political U-turn, asylum seeker organisations think the government should follow up.

Norwegian forces in Afghanistan
Not all Afghani interpreters who helped the Norwegian military in Afghanistan are being granted asylum in Norway. Norwegian forces in Afghanistan
Photo: Forsvaret/norsoftg


Mr Muradi’s asylum application was rejected on 21st May. Police in Southern Norway’s Mandal picked him up last Tuesday and put him on a plane to Italy.

According to state broadcaster NRK, Mr. Muradi fled to Italy first before coming to Norway. This meant his case fell under the Dublin Regulation.

The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) stated that Faizullah Muradi’s application should be dealt with under this.

Its main objective is to prevent multiple applications of asylum seekers in various EU member states (which includes Norway as part of the EEA agreement).

Norway’s Veteran Association protested against his deportation, however, addressing a letter to Ministry of Justice.

3,000 signatures were on the petition in support of Mr Muradi’s asylum application to Norway.

Conservative (H) Prime Minister Erna Solberg then said his application should be reviewed. This allowed him to come back to Norway until the end of the application process.

The UDI subsequently corrected their earlier statement by considering “special reasons” according to NRK.

The Norwegian Organization for Asylum Seekers (NOAS) is not satisfied yet, however. They demand Norway take moral responsibility not only for Mr Muradi, but for all the Afghanis who worked for Norwegian forces.

They call for ending current practices. A start would be reconsidering 110 applications for asylum by Afghani interpreters from 2012 under a special arrangement the Red-Green coalition had established for Afghans who had worked for the Norwegian military.

This allowed them to apply for asylum in Norway. It is designed to protect interpreters after Norwegian forces pulled out of Afghanistan.

Only 21 of the 110 Afghani interpreters applying for an asylum have been granted this.

General Secretary of NOAS Ann-Magrit Austenå told The Foreigner she thinks this number is “far too low.”

This is because the situation in Afghanistan was fairly stable when the evaluation was carried out but got worse afterwards, she added.

Ms Austenå calls for “the government to process all applications of asylum seekers that managed to get to Norway on their own” due to “an ongoing process involving deviation and deterioration of the security system after the pullout of Norwegian troops.”

Faizullah Muradi’s application for asylum is currently unknown. Progress’ (FrP) Jan Are Ellingsen MP, whose Party is part of the bi-partite government coalition, also thinks the government should reassess matters for former Norwegian military contracted-in Afghanis.



Published on Sunday, 8th June, 2014 at 09:02 under the news category, by Sarah Winkelmann.
Last updated on 8th June 2014 at 11:34.

This post has the following tags: afghanistan, norway.





  
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