680 Rejected Asylum Seekers in Norway Go Home Voluntarily

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So far this year, 680 people applied for the assisted return program for asylums.

– We’ve already seen an influx on our website traffic by over 200 percent. It shows that the campaign is working, says Bente Astad, Acting Head of the regional and receiving department of Utlendingsdirektoratet to Vårt Land.

People who get a final rejection of the asylum application, is given a deadline to travel out of Norway. Those who leave voluntarily, can get funding from Norwegian authorities. But from September 1st, there will be much lower financial support for those who stay in the country illegally, reports NTB.

Altogether this year, 680 people have been granted for assisted return. On average, they receive over 17,000 NOK to start a life in their homeland. The largest group of applicants are Russians, followed by people from Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

For promoting this opportunity, Utlendingsdirektoratet prepared posters in six different languages: English, Russian, Arabic, Somali, Kurdish and Dari. The authorities believes this is essential for the campaign to be understood.

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