Norway offers Moroccans money to head home

Joran kallemyr, Ministry of JusticeMinister of Justice and Immigration Jøran Kallmyr (Progress Party).Photo: Håkon Mosvold Larsen / NTB scanpix

Only 18 of nearly 500 Moroccan asylum applications have been granted in the last five years. Now the government will provide extra support for those who volunteer to go home.

Moroccans who voluntarily return to their home country before December 31 this year will receive an additional € 2,000 or around 21,000 kroner. This is on top of the return travel allowance of 20,000 kroner they will receive, writes Vårt Land.

Currently, 12 people have applied for such support.

Morocco is one of the countries that Norway has not signed a repatriation agreement with.

According to Statistics Norway, almost all immigration from Morocco is on the basis of family immigration and this is directly or indirectly linked to labour immigration in the early 1970s.

Nevertheless, up to 500 people from the North African country have applied for asylum in Norway in recent years.

Figures from the Directorate of Immigration show that 441 Moroccans have applied from 2014 to 2018, and 20 so far this year. Only 18 have been granted residence in Norway: 12 on humanitarian grounds and six have been given asylum. In addition, three minors have been granted temporary residence until they turn 18.

According to Justice Minister Jøran Kallmyr (Frp), a list of repatriation strategies for eight countries has also been made in addition to Morocco. These are Afghanistan, Algeria, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Iraq, Iran and Somalia. The common denominator here is that citizens of many of these countries do not have legal residence and have challenges related to repatriation.

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