Norway has a stricter practice than the rest of Europe, and far fewer Iraqi and Afghan asylum seekers are granted residency in Norway than elsewhere in Europe, writes the newspaper Klassekampen.
Statistics from the European asylum agency EASO from January to July this year, show that on average 60 percent of Iraqis and 47 percent of Afghans who have sought asylum, have had their asylum applications granted in a European country.
Norway granted asylum to 10 percent of Iraqis and 25 percent of Afghans during the same period, according to figures from the UDI.
The year previously, 82 percent of Afghans and 35 percent of Iraqis were allowed to stay, but this year the UDI has changed it’s practice and is considering Afghanistan and parts of Iraq as safe countries to return to.
According UDI director Frode Forfang, Norway followed a cautious practice earlier. When Norway granted asylum to 82 percent of Afghans last year, the share was 58 percent in the rest of Europe.
Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today