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Riot at Trandum Detention Centre
A riot took place at Trandum Detention Centre for asylum seekers close to the Gardermoen International Airport tonight. The riot started at 6.50 pm.
Norway suspends returns to several countries
Returns are suspended to Libya, Uzbekistan and certain parts of Iraq.
Norway suspends returns to Uzbekistan after asylum arrests
In a propaganda film shown on national television in Uzbekistan former Uzbek asylum seekers to Norway are depicted as returned traitors. On Christmas Eve they were sentenced to up to 13 years in prison. (video)
Heavy criticism of government's return policy
Norway is obliged to monitor what happens with people who are deported to dangerous countries. But it does not happen, writes researcher Maja Janmyr in an article in the magazine Røyst.
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 - Aftenposten
Warnings of no mercy return policies - (Norwegian)
Return of asylum seekers is devoted much space in the government refugee addition to the state budget. Prime Minister Erna Solberg stresses that it's important to send back asylum seekers without protection needs.
 - VG
More refugees should be returned faster - (Norwegian)
The Norwegian government will follow the European Union closely and repatriate more refugees faster. According to State Secretary Jøran Kallemyr (The Progress Party) the measure may prevent more people from drowning in the Mediterranean.
 - nrk
Shaimaa (11) and her family can return to Norway - (Norwegian)
The National Immigration Board (UNE) has reversed its prior decision and the family of five from Jemen are allowed back to Norway on a one year permit. The family had lived seven years in the country when they where deported to Jemen in November 2014.
 - nrk
Afghan minister asks Norway to take back family - (Norwegian)
The Afghan Refugee Minister says family's security can't be guaranteed in their region of Ghazni.
 - VG
Afghan authorities will stop all forced returns from Norway
Afghanistan will close its borders to all individuals who are deported from Norway, says the country's refugee minister. He adds that the country wants a new return agreement with Norway.
 - Aftenposten
National Police Immigration Service was ready to give up government's demands for more deportations - (Norwegian)
In August last year the National Police Immigration Service (PU) alerted the authorities that they would not be able to meet Minister of Justice and Public Security Anders Anundsen's demand of 7700 deportations of asylum seekers. Mr. Anundsen did not accept this, and he asked PU to speed up the work with the deportations. Later it was agreed on a total of 7100 deportations in 2014.
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Trandum Detention Centre
 - Oslo, Norway

Riot at Trandum Detention Centre

A riot took place at Trandum Detention Centre for asylum seekers close to the Gardermoen International Airport tonight. The riot started at 6.50 pm.
 - Brussels

Norway suspends returns to several countries

Returns are suspended to Libya, Uzbekistan and certain parts of Iraq.
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 - Oslo, Norway

Norway suspends returns to Uzbekistan after asylum arrests

In a propaganda film shown on national television in Uzbekistan former Uzbek asylum seekers to Norway are depicted as returned traitors. On Christmas Eve they were sentenced to up to 13 years in prison.
From a deportation at Oslo Airport in October 2014.
 - Oslo, Norway

Heavy criticism of government's return policy

Norway is obliged to monitor what happens with people who are deported to dangerous countries. But it does not happen, writes researcher Maja Janmyr in an article in the magazine Røyst.
Courtroom in the European Court of Human Rights
 - Strasbourg

Violation of article 3 of the Convention to deport vulnerable people to Italy

The European Court of Human Rights finds that it is a violation of Article 3 of the European Convention of Human Rights to deport vulnerable individuals back to Italy under the Dublin Regulation.
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A practical guide on Monitoring Immigration Detention

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT) have presented a new manual on how to monitor immigration detention.
 - Oslo

Lawyer about the ''asylum campaigns'': What about all the others?

Last year there were not 5934 torchlight parades, signature campaigns or media stories about deported asylum seekers. But 5934 was the exact number of people deported from Norway.
Screen capture from Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK.no)
 - Oslo

Family of nine left at airport after deportation

Norwegian authorities deported a family of nine to Paris, France nine days ago. The mother and her eight children ages 4 months to 15 years have nowhere to go and are stranded at the Charles de Gaulle airport.
Photo: Eliezer Gabriel
 - Dr. Liza Schuster - Kabul, Afghanistan

Kabul is no safe haven for deported Afghan refugees

The story of an Afghan family deported from Norway to Kabul on 17 January while the security situation deteriorates in the country.
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 - Brussels

ECRE joins UNHCR in urging not to send asylum seekers back to Bulgaria under the Dublin agreement

In its observations on the current situation of asylum in Bulgaria, UNHCR considers that asylum seekers in Bulgaria face a real risk of inhuman or degrading treatment due to systemic deficiencies in reception conditions and asylum procedures in the country.
Hotline Pi
 - Oslo

Peoplepeace opens deportee hotline

Pi is for people who are being deported or have been deported from Norway.
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 - Oslo

Fear of the police reduce life quality for rejected asylum children

A new FAFO report states that rejected asylum children witnessing deportations are experiencing it as higly stressfull and it may lead to re-traumatization and an increased fear for their own deportations.
Borno region in Northeast Nigeria in September 2013.


UNHCR urges against forced returns of persons fleeing violence in Northeast Nigeria

Violence in Northeast region of Nigeria has prompted the UN Agency for Refugees (UNHCR) to warn states against forcibly returning migrants.
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 - Brussels

Human rights situation in Mogadishu does not prevent deportation of asylum seekers

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has decided that deporting a Somali asylum seeker, whose claim had been rejected, back to Somalia would not violate Articles 2 and 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
 - Brussels

European countries dragging their feet

A new report by the Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) illustrates that European countries are dragging their feet in the implementation of some of the protective provisions of the Returns Directive such as the monitoring of forced returns and the need to provide alternatives to detention.
The report


Access to rights for migrants pending return varies among member states

A study of the 27 member states and Schengen associated countries conducted by Ramboll and EurAsylum for the European Commission has found that the rights accorded to migrants pending return varies significantly across member states.
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Detections of unauthorised border crossings hit record low in 2012

This week, the EU Border Agency Frontex released a report showing a 50% decrease in the number of people detected entering the EU irregularly in 2012, compared with the previous year.
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 - Oslo

I feel ashamed going back without anything

Norwegian authorities talk about voluntary return in dignity, say rejected asylum seekers from Kurdistan, but returning to their home country is shameful - under any circumstances.
New arrivals from Somalia waiting to be registered at Dagehaley camp, in Dadaab. Photo: Kate Holt/IR
 - Brussels

European countries take steps to enforce returns to Mogadishu against UNHCR advice

This month, the Norwegian authorities decided to lift the suspension on all forced returns to Mogadishu and southern Somalia. Such returns had been suspended since October 2010 due to the severity of the situation in the region.
 - Oslo

We support OPCAT

Peoplepeace supports Norway's ratification of the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture (OPCAT)
 The report from the Fafo research foundation.
 - Oslo

The right choice?

The Fafo report highlights factors that motivate people, who have been denied legal residence and thus are required to leave the country, to choose voluntary return, rather than to remain in Norway without legal residence.
Keith Best, chief executive of Freedom from Torture: 'major risk miscalculation' by UK.
 - Brussels

Tamils granted reprieve from deportation from the UK

A series of UK High Court injunctions have been issued this week, granting a number of members of the Tamil community last-minute reprieve from deportation to Sri Lanka.
The report
 - New York

Torture after arrival in Sri Lanka

Investigations by Human Rights Watch have found that some rejected Tamil asylum seekers from the United Kingdom and other countries have been subjected to arbitrary arrest and torture or other ill-treatment upon their arrival in Sri Lanka.
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 - Berne

OSAR: Stop sending asylum seekers back to Hungary

The Swiss Refugee Council has called for an immediate halt of all returns of asylum seekers to Hungary. OSAR notes with concern the numerous reports by human rights organisations highlighting serious deficiencies in the Hungarian asylum and reception system.
The Iraqi parliament has banned deportation of rejected asylum seekers from Europe
 - Baghdad

Iraqi parliament refuses to accept nationals deported from Europe

The Iraqi parliament has banned deportation of failed asylum seekers from Europe and threatens to fine airlines that take part in the deportation programmes.
United Nations
 - Oslo

Norway responds to UN Special Rapporteur on readmission agreement with Ethiopia

In April UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of migrants, François Crépeau, requested clarification regarding a readmission agreement that Norway signed with Ethiopia earlier this year.
Mali national flag


UNHCR recommends suspension of forced returns to Mali

UNHCR published today its position regarding returns to Mali recommending the suspension of forced returns of nationals and habitual residents of Mali, until the security and human rights situation has stabilized.
 - Oslo

Norway seeks a readmission agreement with Eritrea after closing deal with Ethiopia

Last week the Norwegian and Ethiopian government signed a memorandum of understanding which will enable Norway to return Ethiopian nationals, including asylum seekers whose applications have been rejected.
Trandum Detention Centre
 - Oslo

The European Torture Committee reports on Trandum Detention Centre

In May 2011 the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman Treatment (CPT) vistited several Norwegian prisons and detention facilities.
The report
 - Brussels

European Commission releases report on best practices in the field of forced return monitoring

Norway does not have a discrete forced return monitoring system. All phases of return should be monitored by independent monitoring bodies.
European Parliament
 - Brussels

New Frontex mandate approved by European Parliament

Under a new mandate approved by the European Parliament this week, the EU Borders Agency Frontex will be able to acquire its own assets, such as helicopters, to monitor the EU's borders.
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 - Brussels

Changes in Frontex' rules backed by members of the European Parliament

This week the Civil, Justice and Home Affairs Committee (LIBE) approved a series of changes to the rules governing Frontex.
Rahim Rostami and his lawyer Cecilie Schjatvet
 - Oslo

Lawyer believes death sentence is real

"There is no doubt that there is a death sentence against Rahim Rostami," says his Norwegian lawyer Cecilie Schjatvet. UNHCR in Stockholm keeps a close eye on the case which attracts international attention.
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 - Brussels

Frontex operations to return migrants will not be independently monitored

Ahead of the European Council meeting today, the European Commission, the European Parliament and Council of the EU reached a political agreement on the review of the mandate of the EU Border Agency Frontex.
Rahim Rostami
 - Oslo

Rahim Rostami released on bail

The former asylum seeker will be prosecuted for having had contact with a foreign power and propaganda against the nation's security.
The report
 - Brussels

European countries urge not to send refugees and vulnerable asylum seekers back to Italy

Italy cannot guarantee the fulfilment of the rights and safeguards granted to asylum seekers and refugees under EU legislation, especially in cases of traumatized or ill persons and those needing additional assistance.
A deportation flight
 - Oslo

Monitoring forced returns is the law

The founder of Peoplepeace argues that internationally Norway has a reputation for taking human rights seriously, and it is important that the country lives up to its ideals in the treatment of asylum seekers. Effective monitoring of forced returns must be in place soon to ensure the credibility of the asylum process in the future.
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 - Warsaw

Frontex Fundamental Rights Strategy emphasizes need for monitoring joint operations

Frontex' Management Board adopted the Agency's Fundamental Rights Strategy on 31 March. The implementation of the Strategy and an Action Plan elaborating it will be evaluated every year through a progress report which will be available to the public. External third parties, in particular those representing civil society, will be involved in the evaluation and revision of the strategy through a consultative forum.
Jon Ole Martinsen in SEIF. Photo: Øystein Franck-Nielsen
 - Oslo

Peoplepeace to investigate post-deportation human rights abuses

Norwegian Organisation for Deportees has started a process to monitor and document what happens with asylum seekers and migrant workers right before, during and after deportations from Norway.
The Evin House of Detention and Norwegian State Secretary Pål K. Lønseth
 - Oslo

The Norwegian government investigates the Rahim Rostami case

State Secretary Paul K. Lønseth (Labor Party) says it is "serious" for the Immigration Appeals Board (UNE) to deport asylum seekers with protection needs to their country of origin.
Rahim Rostami (19). Photo: Frode Olsen
 - Oslo

Teenager imprisoned after being deported to Iran

Kurdish Rahim Rostami (age 19), known from a documentary on Norwegian television, was imprisoned in the Evin prison, Tehran after he was deported from Norway to Iran in early February.
Frontex logo
 - Valletta

In favour of independent monitoring for all Frontex operations

This week the European Parliament's Civil Liberties Committee (LIBE) voted on the report of MEP Simon Busuttil on the Frontex regulation. LIBE supports the creation of a Code of Conduct to ensure the respect of fundamental rights by the Agency and the establishment of an independent monitoring system for all Frontex operations, not just joint returns operations.
Facsimile from Vårt Land
 - Oslo

Tortured after deportation to Iran

An Iranian Christian who was deported from Norway to Iran in 2006, was later imprisoned and tortured, according to the newspaper Vårt Land.
Hebron, West Bank checkpoint. Photo: Sylo Taraku, NOAS
 - Oslo

Return to what?

Norwegian Organization for Asylum Seekers (NOAS) criticises the authorities for being too restrictive in allowing stateless Palestinians to stay in the country. The acceptance rate has gone down from almost 100 per cent before 2009, to 24 per cent today.
Facsimile, Bergens Tidene
 - Oslo

100 million NOK spent last year on deportations

4615 persons were deported last year. "We have not deported as many as we did last year since 1994", says Roar Hanssen, Information Direcor, International Police Immigration Service.
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 - Brussels

No returns to Greece from Denmark, Finland and Switzerland

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) ruled last Friday that returning asylum seekers to Greece violates the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). Following the ruling, Denmark, Finland and Switzerland announced that they would stop sending asylum seekers back to Greece, and will examine the asylum applications themselves.
 - Moscow

Maria Amelie deported to Moscow

North Ossetian refugee Madina Salamova, known under her pen name Maria Amelie, has been deported to Russia from Norway, where she and her family have been residing illegally for years.
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 - Oslo

Life after the deportation

52 iraqis were deported to the war in Iraq last week. - We know asylum seekers have been sent back to imprisonment and torture, says Helle Godnes, deputy chairman of Peoplepeace.
Free Amelie
 - Oslo

Majority supports Maria Amelie

60,6 per cent of the Norwegian population believes Maria Amelie should stay in the country. The prime minister says no.
In Oslo.
 - Oslo

Demonstrations for Maria Amelie in five cities

Thousands of Norwegians all over the country protested Thursday evening over the arrest of a young woman whose family fled the Caucasus when she was a child, sought refuge in Norway but failed to receive it.
Maria Amelie
 - Oslo

Maria Amelie arrested

The author and the winner of Ny Tid's "Norwegian of the Year" award Maria Amelie was arrested outside the Nansen School at Lillehammer tonight.
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 - Athens

Greece to build wall along its border to Turkey

Greek Public Order Minister Christos Papoutsis announced the decision to build a 12-km wall along the border with Turkey, in an attempt to prevent irregular migrants from reaching Greek territory.
Trandum Detention Centre. A former military camp established in 1914.  Photo: VG
 - Geneva

Norway Detention Profile

Although independent observers have lauded some of Norway’s detention practices, its sole dedicated immigration detention facility, the Trandum Detention Centre, has come under intense scrutiny because of a variety of problems at the facility, including riots, fires, and escape attempts.
 - Oslo

The Return Directive adopted by the Norwegian Parliament

The Return Directive - also named Directive 2008/115/EC - was implemented by the EU Parliament on 18 December 2008. Today - almost to the date two years later the Storting implements the Directive into Norwegian law. Read the full original text by clicking on the PDF link below.
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 - Geneva

Switzerland says yes to the populist ‘Deportation initiative’

On 28 November the Swiss voted on a referendum on the deportation of third country nationals convicted for “serious criminal offences”. These offences range from murder and rape to welfare benefit fraud.
 - Oslo

Stops deportation to Iraq from Norway

The European Court of Human Rights rules against Norway and several other European countries. Norway stops one deportation to Iraq.
Thorbjørn Jagland (left) and Bjarte Vandvik (Photo: Scanpix)
 - Stockholm

Sweden cancels a deportation flight to Baghdad

European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) welcomes the decision of Sweden to cancel a deportation flight to Baghdad planned on 17 November, in cooperation with Norway and Denmark. The European Court on Human Rights has stated that they would apply interim measures (rule 39) to suspend the transfer of any Iraqi who challenges his or her return to Baghdad. Authorities in the UK, Sweden and the Netherlands have received such a letter from the Court. The Court will review its position on 24 November 2010.


The Invisibles

Journalist and filmmaker Marc Silver, actor Gael Garcia Bernal and Amnesty International have collaborated to produce The Invisibles, a documentary series of four short films that take viewers on a journey across the rough and often fatal terrain that Mexican and Central American migrants trek across, in hopes of escaping the severe poverty and injustices of their homeland.
A friend, Badria, Suzan, Oddvar and Erna (right)
 - Oslo

A journey to Athens

Norwegian radio station NRK P2 followed Oddvar and Erna Hoel to Athens, Greece. The couple decided to travel to Greece to find out what happened to Suzan and Badria who were deported from Norway to Athens at the beginning of September.
 - London

Amnesty International calls on investigation on forced returns to Egypt

On 26 October, Italian authorities intercepted a boat carrying 131 people near Sicily. 68 of these people were sent back to Egypt, after spending more than 24 hours in detention. Amnesty International is calling on the Italian authorities to investigate whether these 68 people were given the opportunity to apply for international protection.
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 - New York

Rights Displaced

Forced returns of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptians from Western Europe to Kosovo. A report from Human Rights Watch.
Jimmy Mubenga. Photo: Guardian
 - London

Deportee asked for help on flight before dying, witness says

Questions over how quickly Jimmy Mubenga received medical help after collapsing beneath three security guards on BA flight.
 - London

Deaths during deportations from Europe

Institute of Race Relations (IRS) publishes a full list of all those who have died during deportation from European countries since 1991.
Open letter to the Justice Minister
 - Oslo

An open letter to the Justice Minister regarding the paperless

Peoplepeace is one of 25 organisations that have co-signed an open letter to the Norwegian Justice Minister Knut Storberget. The letter appeals for a new policy in regards to the thousands of paperless individuals who have lived in the country for many years without a residence permit.
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 - Oslo

Somalis will not be deported

The Immigration Appeals Board (UNE) has decided that asylum seekers from Southern Somalia can stay in the country.
 - Oslo

The Norwegian Immigration Appeals Board doesn't care if I get killed

This week the albino Amadou (35) from Guinea received the final rejection for asylum in Norway from the Immigration Appeals Board (UNE). The radio station Kankan in Guinea reports that two albinos were killed on 19 September in the capital city Conakry.
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 - Oslo

Norway stops deportations to Greece

Norway stops deportations of asylum seekers to Greece for the time being.
Suzan, Oddvar and Badria (photo: private)
 - Molde

Deported

An increasing number of Norwegians are shocked to learn about the deportations to Greece. Oddvar and Erna Hoel are two of them.
 - London

Report on asylum deaths linked to fear of deportation

The Institute of Race Relations (IRR) published today a report documenting the deaths of 38 people in Europe, mostly asylum seekers, over 18 months. The vast majority of the deaths were either suicides linked to fear of deportation or deaths that could have been avoided if asylum seekers were afforded proper medical care.
 - TV Documentary - Greece

The battle for Attica Square

It's the first time that an EU country has seen its treatment of refugees described as a humanitarian crisis by the UNHCR. This report gets to the heart of the escalating tensions in Greece.
 - Oslo

6300 asylum seekers on their way out

The Norwegian government expects deporting an additional 1400 asylum seekers in 2011. Total cost: 145 million kroner ($ 24 million).
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 - Oslo

Will attend the flights

The Norwegian Justice Department will let organisations attend deportation flights with asylum seekers as independent observers.