Police: Ukrainian woman who said she fled the war had been living illegally in Norway since 2009

Verdict - law - courtPhoto: Berit Roald / NTB

A Ukrainian woman has been remanded in custody after applying for asylum and saying she had fled the war. It turned out that she had lived illegally in Norway since 2009.

The woman in her 40s stated that she had fled the war in Ukraine when she applied for asylum at the National Reception Center in Råde last Saturday, the newspaper Avisa Oslo writes. 

However, the police concluded that the woman tried to take advantage of the opportunity to apply for temporary collective protection. 

The woman is said to have admitted that she has been staying illegally in Norway since 2009. The police searched the place where she lived in Oslo, and there they found the woman’s ID papers and several expensive items. She is said to have made money by performing cleaning services illegally.

“The police suspect that these goods are the proceeds of criminal acts,” police attorney Christine Solberg in the Oslo Police District told the newspaper.

Remanded in custody

On Tuesday, the woman was remanded in custody for four weeks, charged with violating the Immigration Act, among other things. 

Usually, the woman would be deported and sent back to her home country in such a case. However, due to the war, this will not happen.

“People who should be deported to countries where the situation is so serious that that would violate the Immigration Act are regularly granted a suspended deportation obligation until the situation stabilizes,” Solberg added.

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