UDI say fewer Ethiopians to receive asylum in Norway and more will go home

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

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs warned that fewer Ethiopians will receive asylum in Norway and that more will be sent home.

In a letter to the Ministry of Justice, quoted by the newspaper Vårt Land, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs wrote that the political changes in Ethiopia have been so extensive in the past year that fewer Ethiopians will receive asylum or stay on humanitarian grounds in Norway. The Ministry had no objections.

At the same time, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs warned that several
Ethiopians who have already received a residence permit in Norway may have to prepare to go home if the good development in their home country is consolidated.

‘’If the political change over time proves to be sufficiently durable, the conditions for termination of refugee status may be fulfilled’’ wrote UDI Director, Frode Forfang.

The UDI believes that in the past year, with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed as head of government, changes have been made in Ethiopia. Among other things, the Directorate showed that the state of emergency has been lifted and that several thousand political prisoners have been released. At the same time, they pointed out that one cannot know whether the positive trend will continue.

“The degree to which democratic reforms have found their foothold will come out at the planned elections in 2020” wrote the UDI.

Many Ethiopian nationals have been granted asylum in Norway in recent years. Over the past two years, over 5,000 Ethiopians have been living in Norway after applying for asylum.

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