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Every sixth repatriation last year cancelled

Travelling repatriatedTravelling light. Photo: Norway Today Media

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Forced removal of 996 persons without legal residence in Norway was cancelled in 2018, while 5,077 persons were returned home as planned.

This was shown in an overview NRK news have received from the Police Immigration Unit (PU) which is responsible for the compulsory return of persons who do not have legal residence in Norway.

There are various reasons why just over 16% of the returns do not take place. Among the more common ones are disappearance, health problems or the existence of a criminal case that has not been completed.

In 41 cases last year, it was the air captain or airline that put their foot down against transport on the plane.

‘’This is for the sake of co-passengers, and health and safety on board’’ said police inspector Svein Arne Hansen in PU to NRK news.

According to PU, so far this year, the have been 18% fewer repatriations than at the same time last year.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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