One out of five who applied for asylum in Norway from January to May, then changed their minds and withdrew their applications. Many also applied for assistance to return to their homeland.
The Directorate of Immigration processed 9,151 applications for asylum in the period January to May. Of these, 1,700 applications, 18.5 per cent of the total number of applications, were withdrawn , according to P4.
– We have not experienced such a great extent of withdrawn applications in the past, administration manager Vesna Curk in the asylum department of the Directorate of Immigration, says.
In addition, 1415 people applied for help in returning to their homeland.
The proportion who withdrew the application from January to May, is higher than for the entire 2015 and 2014. Last year 804 of 11,884 asylum seekers chose to withdraw their application, whereas two years ago 442 of 10,056 asylum seekers did the same. This means it was respectively 6.7 and 4.4 percent who withdrew their applications in those two years.
Among those who have withdrawn their application for asylum this year, 474 are Iraqis, 297 Syrians and 270 Afghans.
– There are quite a few Syrian applicants who did not want to wait for their applications to be processed. Some also had expected that they would get a place to live and work, which was not the case. It was perhaps especially the last part which made them change their minds, Curk says.
Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today