Over 2500 people were deported from Norway in the first half of the year

National Police Immigration Service (NPIS)Oslo.National Police Immigration Service (NPIS): Terje Pedersen / NTB scanpix

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A total of 2,515 people have been deported due to them staying illegally in Norway in the first half of the year. 

1,478 of these have been deported due to the expulsion measures that came into effect on the 16th of March, according to the updated numbers given by the Police Immigration unit.

So far this year there has been a 23 percent increase in deportations compared to last year. This is an increase that is related to the Virus prevention measures that has been put in place. At the same time, less people have been deported for being refused asylum and under the Dublin-regulation.

-” Deportation work has been very demanding after the outbreak of the Corona Pandemic and we are expecting that it will continue to be so in the future.”, said the acting PU head Marianne Jakobsen. 

-” We have observed that a number of countries are easing restrictions and that scheduled flights have started up again. We are continuously assessing the possibilities to return to our normal routine.”, she adds.

As a result of the pandemic, the police have not executed any accompanied transport operations since the beginning of March, but unaccompanied deportations are made to certain destinations whenever possible. 

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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