Minister of Justice returned more immigrants than estimated

Anders AnundsenRecent figures show that the Minister of Justice reached his record-high goal of forced returns from Norway in 2014.

Minister of Justice Anders Anundsen (Progress Party/FrP) had to attend a hearing in Parliament last Friday, where the ministry’s high increase in the goal for forced returns was one of the main topics. The number was adjusted from 5,100 returns in 2013, to 7,100 in 2014. 

Bergens Tidende previously reported that the police was way below the target last summer, and expressed that they wished to give up on reaching the goal that the Ministry of Justice demanded. However, the Minister of Defense insisted that the goal would remain, according to Bergens Tidende.

The Police department of immigration has released new figures that show that a total of 7,259 individuals were deported from Norway in 2015. This is an increase of 22 percent compared to 2013, and above the ministry’s goal. 

2810 of those who were deported had been charged with a criminal offense. The number of returns within this group increased by 26 percent compared to 2013, according to PU. 

However, Anundsen did not reach all of his goals. He had planned to return 1900 asylum seekers throughout 2014, but the final figures show 1804 returns. 

In total, 649 minors were deported in 2014. 80 of these children had lived in Norway for more than four years. 

(Aftenposten)

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