UDI: Afghanistan-tightening affects children hardest

asylum seekers july - UDI familyThe Norwegian Department of Immigration (UDI). Photo Norway Today Media


Unaccompanied minors are hardest hit when Directorate the of Immigration (UDI) considered Afghanistan as a safe area. confirms UDI director Frode Forfang.

UNHCR believes 2015 was the deadliest year for Afghan civilians since 2009, despite this UDI has made a new assessment that suggests that more will be sent back to the country. It will affect asylum children hardest, writes newspaper VG.

Recently, the immigration minister Sylvi Listhaug (FRP) concluded for UDI that no provinces in Afghanistan are so unsafe that asylum seekers can’t be sent back there. Previously, most adults have been able to be sent back even if they came from an insecure province, they could be sent to other parts of the country.

– That’s what we call internal displacement, explained the UDI director. But this solution, for example by returning to Kabul, can not be applied to unaccompanied minors.

– Since unaccompanied minors, unlike many adults, can not be returned to other areas than where they came from, the change will therefore turn out differently for this group, says Forfang.

163 unaccompanied minors applied for asylum in Norway this year. Of those, 74 Afghans. Last year, there were 5300 singles who claimed to be minors. 3424 of them were Afghans.


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