The authorities are working on selecting Afghans who have worked for Norway who could be granted asylum

UDIPhoto: Terje Pedersen / NTB
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The Ministry of Defense is working on selecting former Afghan defense employees who could potentially be granted asylum in Norway. 

The ministry has submitted a list to the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) with the names of around 400 people who have worked for Norway in the last twenty years, the newspaper Klassekampen writes.

A total of 466 Afghani applications for residence in Norway have also been registered.

“Some people have applied several times. Many are still being processed. The figures and lists must therefore be quality-assured, and we are working on this,” the ministry wrote in an email to the newspaper.

New application scheme

The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) will process all applications under a new application scheme based on a previous scheme for the Armed Forces’ interpreters from 2015. The UDI informed the newspaper Vårt Land on Sunday that they have already started case processing. 

The Center Party’s (SP) defense policy spokesperson Liv Signe Navarsete believes the process has taken too long and points out that other countries are further ahead in the process.

“The USA and Canada were out early and said they would take out everyone who had worked for them… We were slow to act,” Navarsete said.

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