Record numbers of single asylum seekers have been awarded family reunification

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The number of family reunification cases for ‘unaccompanied minor’ asylum seekers had tripled in 2018 compared with 2014.

One of the most important measures to stop the influx after 5,400 single asylum seekerscame to Norway in 2015 was to tighten the requirements for family reunification. Three years later, a record number of single minors have parents and siblings coming to Norway wrote Aftenposten newspaper.

Most of the 1,557 family reunification cases for unaccompanied minor asylum seekers in 2018 concerned persons from Afghanistan, Eritrea, and Syria.

83% of single asylum seeker children who applied for family reunification in 2018 received ‘’yes’’. In 41% of the cases, the parents came to Norway. In 59%, the siblings came.

‘’It is unfortunate’’ said Justice Minister, Jøran Kallmyr (Frp).

‘’Common to the group is that they did not have caregivers we know when they applied for asylum. Then it is not fortunate that after receiving a stay, they actually do have caregivers however’’ said Kallmyr to Aftenposten newspaper.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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