Norway stops forced returns of people to Afghanistan until mid-September

Gardermoen airportPhoto: Torstein Bøe / NTB

The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) and the Immigration Appeals Board (UNE) have decided to stop forced returns to Afghanistan until September 15.

The reason for the stop is the escalation in the conflict between the Taliban and the Afghan authorities, which exacerbated the security situation in the country, the authorities stated in a press release on Wednesday.

The decision means that persons who have received a final decision on being returned to Afghanistan are not obliged to leave Norway as long as the stop lasts.

This applies to persons from Afghanistan who have either been refused an application for protection, have been deported from Norway, have had their residence permit revoked, or are staying in Norway and have had their application for a residence permit rejected.

By September 15, the UDI and UNE will reassess the return situation in Afghanistan and see whether the stop should be extended or lifted.

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

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