The immigration office (UDI) increases the use of time-limited permissions

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

Between January and May this year UDI granted twice as many time-limited residence permits in compare with overall numbers granted last year. Afghan children between 16 and 18 years have received mostly half of these licenses.

Since 2009, the Directorate of Immigration (UDI) granted time-limited permissions which cannot be renewed to minors who are not entitled to protection. From January to May it was given 32 time-limited permissions compared with 15 made in all of 2015, reported the newspaper Dagsavisen.

Children from Afghanistan got 27 of the time-limited permits between January and May.
– We see that young people who would get protection before will no longer receive it said Ine Johannessen, who is deputy chairman of the Guardians Association.

The association believes there are several reasons why it is given more time-limited licenses while UDI only leans on medical examinations to determine the age. Norway has declared a number of areas in Afghanistan as safe places and not believing anymore that young people are persecuted and forcibly recruited by Taliban.

The Association of Guardians says that the assumptions made by UDI is wrong and as reported by UNHCR in April, that violence is increasing in the country and the number of civilian casualties in 2015 was the highest in several years.


Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today