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Record-number of asylum seekers granted permanent residence

Latest figures show that 46 percent of asylum seekers who applied for permanent residence in Norway in 2013 have had their applications approved. Of the 11.570 asylum cases that were completed on or before December 1, 5,330 asylum seekers were granted residency in Norway 2013, according to numbers from the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI).

"The most important explanation for the increase is that more applicants come from countries with war and conflict, such as Eritrea, Somalia and Syria, where a majority of applicants are in need of protection," says acting Department Director of UDI, Vesna Curk.

Curk explains that this is the highest number of approved applications since 1999. Meanwhile, we have to be careful not to simply look at numbers, Curk says, but also how many refugees that arrive and where they come from.

However, more than 5,000 refugees are still placed in asylum centers across the country, waiting for a municipality that may accept them. Just before Christmas, the government established a committee that will help secure a faster processing time.

(Aftenposten)


 

 


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