Only 448 people applied for asylum in Norway in the first half of the year

Asylum seeker centerPhoto: Berit Roald / NTB
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Fewer asylum seekers are coming to Norway. During the first six months of 2021, 448 people have applied for asylum, new figures from the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) show.

Syrians still make up the largest group, with 199 asylum seekers, followed by Eritreans (58) and Afghans (44).

This year’s figures are lower than in 2020. When looking at last year as a whole, the UDI received 1,386 asylum applications, with 633 of these in the first half of the year.

At the end of June, 1,590 people lived in asylum reception centers, according to figures from the UDI.

A total of 4,452 people had been granted an application for family reunification by the end of May.

In 2020, 1,011 people were granted asylum applications. The largest group is from Syria, with 413 people, while 287 Turks and 124 Eritreans were allowed to stay in Norway.

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

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