Immigration Minister Sylvi Listhaug believes that the situation in Afghanistan is now safe. She is so confident that she believes asylum seekers from the country can be sent back without risk.
The minister stated according to VG. The Directorate of Immigration (UDI) has assessed the security situation in Afghanistan.
– Immigration has made a new assessment of the situation in Afghanistan. They conclude that today there are no provinces in Afghanistan that are so unsafe that one can’t be sent back there. Therefore, many have and will be rejected for asylum, says Listhaug.
She adds that anyone recognized as a refugee will be sent back to Afghanistan.
– People who do not need protection, and are not granted residence on other grounds will be sent back. They are also considering whether the applicant would be safe in other parts of Afghanistan than the place they came from originally. In this case, the applicant is expected to return to such an area, she said.
Listhaug showed that UDI’s assessment of conditions in Afghanistan suggests that far fewer than earlier are in need of protection.
– In the first five months of this year, UDI has declined nearly 75 percent of all cases processed for asylum applications from Afghanistan. This is a clear signal that many Afghans will not be granted residence in Norway, says Listhaug.
Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today