982 asylum seekers to Norway so far in 2019

UDI Logo, minor asylum seekersLogo UDI. Photo Norway Today Media

982 asylum seekers to Norway so far in 2019

982 asylum seekers came to Norway in the first half of this year. Not since 1997 have the arrival numbers been so low in the first 6 months.

The arrows continue to point downwards for the asylum influx During the first half of this year, there has been a 13 per cent decrease in the number of asylum applications to the Directorate of Immigration (UDI).

The largest group comes from Syria, followed by Turkey and Eritrea. This is shown by the half-yearly statistics of the Directorate of Immigration (UDI). Asylum applications have been submitted by citizens from around 80 different countries in total.

267 of the asylum seekers this year are children and youngsters below the age of 18. Of these, 65 states that they are unaccompanied minors. 58 per cent of asylum seekers this year are male.



A tenth of Swedish figures

By comparison, just over 10,000 asylum seekers have come to Sweden this year. Thus, Norway has less than 10 per cent as many asylum seekers as the Swedes.

At the end of June, there were 3,055 persons in asylum reception centres. One-third of those are waiting for a decision on their application.

The figures for family reunion are, however, on a par with last year. So far this year, 5,687 so-called third-country nationals – nationals from outside the EU/EEA – have been granted a permit for family reunification or establishment with a family member in Norway. There are 80 more than last year.

In addition, about 20,000 immigrants have come to Norway this year, divided into 14,000 from the EU/EEA area and 6,000 from the rest of the world.

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