Fewer criminal asylum seekers deported this year

asylum seekers july - UDI familyThe Norwegian Department of Immigration (UDI). Photo Norway Today Media

So far this year, 120 criminal asylum seekers have been deported because they broke the law. This is a decrease from previous years, and the police says that the fact that asylum seekers who do not get their applications accepted are now quickly sent away from Norway, means that those who are criminals do not get the opportunity to break the law before they are sent away.

Section Manager Magne Løvø in Police Immigration told TV 2 news that good cooperation with the UDI has led to  many asylum seekers being quickly returned to their home countries.

– Many of those who came across Storskog have now been sent away from Norway. Some of the people who came have had their asylum applications accepted, many have disappeared, but many have also been quickly returned to their home countries.

This means they have not had the opportunity to commit many crimes in Norway before they were deported,  Løvø says to the channel.

In 2014, 219 criminal asylum seekers were deported, and in 2015 the number was 171.
So far this year, over 1,500 foreign criminals have been  sent away of Norway.
Eastern Europeans committing crimes for profit are at the top of the statistics. The proportion of asylum seekers among the criminals sent away from Norway is only 10 percent.

KrF leader Knut Arild Hareide reacts to the increasingly large number of people who equates asylum seekers with criminals.

– The statistics here show that this is fundamentally wrong. Only a small proportion of  the asylum seekers are criminals, said Hareide.


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