Government Tightens Asylum Policy

Government members agree to practice changes in asylum policy. Asylum Seekers will have to return to the home country when they are over 18 years.

The change is part of the tightening measures the government took to reduce the number of asylum seekers without a need for special protection.

– Tightening can help to reduce the number of lonely minor asylum seekers who come to Norway without a need for protection, says State Secretary Libe Rieber-Mohn.

The Directorate of Immigration will assess the opportunity that the children can safely take residence in another part of the home country, and limit the residence permit for children between 16 and 18 years.

According to the new regulation, The directorate can now deny an asylum application where there is doubt about the applicant’s age.

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