Norway took in 40% fewer asylum seekers in 2020

Asylum seekers in VestleirenPhoto: Cornelius Poppe / NTB
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According to preliminary figures from the Directorate of Immigration (UDI), 1,387 asylum seekers arrived in Norway in 2020. 

That is a decrease of 40% from 2019 when 2,305 asylum seekers were taken in.

“It is clear that the arrivals last year were strongly affected by the numerous travel restrictions around the world, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic,” UDI chief Frode Forfang said.

Most asylum seekers came to Norway from Syria (536). The second and third biggest groups came from Eritrea (163) and Turkey (83). 

Unaccompanied minors

There were 88 unaccompanied minor asylum seekers in 2020, down from 135 in 2019.

In 2020, the number of residents in the UDI’s reception centers fell below 2,000 for the first time since 1997. 

On January 1, 1,766 people lived in the reception centers, down from 2,532 at the beginning of 2020.

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

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