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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.
From a deportation at Oslo Airport in October 2014. Photo: Trond Lepperød.

Over the past few weeks it has gained much attention that the Liberal Party (V) and the Christian Democrats (Kr.f) have opted for a softer approach to the so-called asylum children. But there are challenges that reaches much deeper in Norwegian asylum policy, says researcher Maja Janmyr at the University of Bergen.

- Despite the fact that the EU Return Directive has been incorporated into Norwegian law Norway does not have an effective system for monitoring forced returns from the country.

The argument has been that when the grounds for asylum has been carefully considered and denied by the Directorate of Immigration (UDI) and the Immigration Appeals Board (UNE ) there is no need for any monitoring during the forced return process writes Maja Janmyr.

- Alarming

Janmyr refers to the Rahim Rostami deportation from Norway to Iran in February 2011. Rostami was imprisoned in the notorious Evin prison and subsequently tortured after the deportation.

In December 2014 Norway also suspended returns to Uzbekistan after the Norwegian immigration authorities learned that returned asylum seekers had been arrested and profiled in a national television program as being Islamic extremists, homosexuals and drug traffickers while staying in Norway.

Read the full op-ed in Norwegian below.