For the first time since 1997, Norway has less than 2,000 residents in asylum reception centers

Photo: Ole Gunnar Onsøien / NTB
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There are now 1,953 people living at the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration’s (UDI) asylum reception centers. That is a decrease of 22% so far this year and the lowest registered population since 1997.

At the beginning of the year, there were 2,510 residents at UDI’s asylum reception centers.

The UDI now has 23 asylum reception centers, including transit reception centers and the National Arrivals Center.

“Fewer asylum seekers”

“In recent years, there have been far fewer asylum seekers per year than what was normal before 2015.

“The trend has been exacerbated this year due to the coronavirus pandemic and travel restrictions,” department director Borghild Fløtre at UDI noted.

From January to October, the UDI had received a total of 1,244 asylum applications.

The vast majority of applicants are from Syria, with a total of 482 asylum seekers, followed by Eritrea with 141 asylum seekers.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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