New registration center for asylum seekers to be set up at Gardermoen

Gardermoen airportPhoto: Torstein Bøe / NTB
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A new registration center for asylum seekers will be established at Gardermoen. The center will be able to receive 200 asylum seekers a day. Its planned start date of operations is May 2.

The center will increase the police’s capacity for registering asylum seekers. It will operate in addition to the registration that takes place at the reception center in Råde and the police districts.

“The establishment of a new registration center will increase the registration capacity of the National Police Immigration Service (Politiets utlendingsenhet) considerably when it is fully equipped and ready to receive Ukrainian asylum seekers,” police director Benedicte Bjørnland stated in a press release.

At full capacity, the center will be able to register up to 200 asylum seekers a day. The plan is for the center to process Ukrainian asylum seekers who are covered by the temporary scheme of collective protection.

Start of operations planned for May 2

Work on establishing the center will start immediately, and the planned date for the start of operations is May 2. Initially, the registration site will remain in place for six months.

It is emphasized that asylum seekers will not spend the night there; they will stay in both established and new facilities in the area. Furthermore, asylum seekers won’t undergo health examinations at the new center. 

“The police do everything we can and have a high priority on registration so that applicants can get in the system and become residents of the municipalities. 

“The police make sure that the arrival phase is experienced as least stressful for both children and adults when they come to Norway. The establishment of a new registration center in Eastern Norway will be a good contribution to this work,” Bjørnland said.

Registration of Ukrainian asylum seekers already takes place at the national arrival center in Råde in Viken and the police districts of Agder, Sørvest, Vest, Møre og Romsdal, Nordland, and Troms og Finnmark. At the same time, the Innlandet and Southeastern Police Districts will register refugees locally.

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

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