The Directorate of Immigration (UDI) has this year granted residency to 3,024 asylum seekers, but percentage has fallen from 53 percent last year to 42 percent this year.
If we only count processed applications, the percentage of residencies granted fell from 75 percent last year to 65 percent this year.
Altogether 5207 asylum applications were processed this year, and 1616 cases have been rejected.
In addition, around 1,450 asylum cases are withdrawn or dismissed, which often happens when the asylum seekers leave Norway without waiting for a rejection. Around 1150 of the 5207 applications are rejected because of so-called safe third countries, or because they have been registered in another European country before applying for asylum in Norway.
Yet the queue of unprocessed applications is long. In the country’s reception centers 17,935 people are at the moment waiting for their application will be reviewed. 1,600 of these are waiting for their appeals to be heard in the UNE. These figures were presented by UDI on Wednesday.
To shorten the queue of pending cases UDI will now undertake asylum interviews out in the reception centres, initially at the reception centres at Lysaker and Kirkenes.
– By sending officers out to where the asylum seekers are, we can increase our capacities of how many we may interview every week, says Tor Magne Hovland, the deputy director of the asylum department at UDI to TV2 news.
Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today