Police behind schedule for forced returns

The national police immigration serviceOslo. The national police immigration service.Photo : Terje Pedersen / NTB scanpix

The police is lagging behind if they are to reach the justice minister’s target of 9,000 forced returns this year. By the end of June, 3880 people were sent home by force.

The number corresponds to 43 percent of the annual target set by Justice Minister Anders Anundsen , writes ‘Vårt Land’ .

The target of 9000 is record high and a sharp upward revision from the 2015 target. Then the target was 7,800 people, and  the result was for 7825 forced returns when the year was out. Hege Naustdal, head of joint operational department of the National Police Immigration Service (PU), wrote the following in an email to the newspaper:

– In previous years, we have been somewhat below our target figures at the beginning of summer but caught up in the autumn.
She says the police are working systematically to meet the target and implementing a number of steps going forward.

Section Manager Jan Eirik Thomassen at the Police Directorate says the police districts have been instructed to increase the number of immigration controls to achieve the goal. Pursuant to the Immigration Act the police can stop people if “there is reason to believe that the person is a foreign national and the time, place and situation gives grounds for such control.”


Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today