The police to stop the sending of asylum seekers who have long stays in Norway

Monica MælandMinister of Justice and Public Security Monica Mæland (Conservative Party).Photo: Terje Bendiksby / NTB scanpix

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Justice Minister Monica Mæland (H) has asked the immigration authorities to postpone the deportation of foreigners with long periods of residence in Norway until further notice.

The Ministry of Justice and Emergency Management sent proposals for amendments to the Immigration Regulations on an one-off solution for hearing Monday night. The proposal means that foreigners with long periods of residence in Norway can obtain a residence permit.

– “Obtaining a residence permit will be positive for the individual, who will, among other things, be given the opportunity to work and support themselves,” says Minister of Justice and Emergency Management Monica Mæland (H).

While the hearing is underway, Mæland has instructed the immigration authorities to postpone deportation in the relevant cases.

A 63-year-old Ethiopian woman who has lived in Norway for 18 years applied in December to stay in the country under the new government legislation, but was arrested last week by the police and taken to Trandum for deportation, writes Dagbladet. The decision means that she may not be deported pending the new regulations.

– “I am pleased that the government is now stopping the deportation of those who may be subject to the rules that are to come so that they will have the opportunity to be assessed for amnesty,” says Minister of Children and Family Kjell Ingolf Ropstad (KrF).

The Granavolden platform states that the government should “facilitate a one-time solution for older, unreturnable asylum seekers who have lived in Norway for more than 16 years.”

This means that a person who is 47 years old and has been in Norway for 18 years will be able to apply for a stay. So will a person who is 35 years old and has been in the country for 30 years.

2021 is set as a limit to apply because that is when the current parliamentary term expires.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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