New figures: 44 children have lost Norwegian citizenship in two years

Norwegian passportPhoto: Håkon Mosvold Larsen / NTB

Figures from TV 2 show that the UDI has revoked the citizenship of 44 children since 2020, despite the fact that, as a general rule, that should not happen.

“The UDI does not revoke the citizenship of long-term children, i.e., children who have a strong connection to Norway and who live in Norway. We can exceptionally revoke the citizenship of a child if the child does not have a strong connection to Norway,” Director at UDI Control Kjersti Trøseid said.

The new Citizenship Act, which came into force at the beginning of 2020, states that children’s Norwegian citizenship shall, as a general rule, not be revoked when the parents have provided incorrect information.

A total of 29 of the children were over six years old when the decision was made, and eight were between 12 and 17 years old. 70% of the children had lived in Norway for more than five years. From 2010 to 2017, only 27 children had their citizenship revoked based on the same background.

“These are alarming numbers. We are generally concerned that the children have to pay the price for parents making unwise choices,” Secretary-General Pål Nesse of the Norwegian organization for asylum seekers (NOAS) said.

Source : © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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