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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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Peoplepeace aid people to get legal status in the country?

No, we don't. If you need help to get legal status in Norway you need to talk to your lawyer, Norwegian Organization for Asylum Seekers (NOAS), Selvhjelp for innvandrere og flyktninger (SEIF), Juss-Buss or other organisations that work with these questions. Peoplepeace is an independent organisation that focuses exclusively on the forced return/deportation process itself. Our job is to make sure that everyone is treated with diginity, and that everyone's welfare and legal rights are taken care of during the forced return process.

Can Peoplepeace stop the deportations?

No, we can't. Our job is to monitor (observe) what happens right before, during and after deportations. If you need to stop the deportation you need to talk to your lawyer before the police arrive at your door.

What is deportee hotline Pi?

Pi is a hotline for people who have questions regarding the deportation process - or have been deported from Norway and would like to share information about their experiences during and after the forced return process. Peoplepeace does not have a mandate to stop the deportation process itself, but our job is to make sure that all people are treated humanely and that your legal rights are followed througout the process. It is advisable to be in touch with Peoplepeace ahead of time so we have time to look into your case before the return for a potential post-return monitoring.

Does Peoplepeace follow all deportees out of Norway?

No, unfortunately that's not possible. Almost 6000 persons are deported each year. On average that's about 16 persons a day (a total of 5934 individuals were deported from Norway in 2013). We have to choose very carefully who we decide to monitor, because the organisation is small and has limited resources.

When the police come to deport me can I call Peoplepeace for help?

Yes you can, but we will only advise you to cooperate with the police. We only monitor or observe when the deportation process itself has started. If you need help to stop the deportation you need to talk to your lawyer before the police arrive at your door. It is also advisable to be in touch with Peoplepeace ahead of time so we have time to look into your case before the deportation for a potential post-return monitoring.

How does your organisation decide which deportees to monitor?

Peoplepeace has a board of directors that decides what cases to monitor or what region or country the organisation will look into. Sometimes the board will inform the deportee or deportees before they start to monitor (open monitoring). At other times the board will monitor without informing the deportee in advance (quiet monitoring). Sometimes Peoplepeace will be in a country to find out how the deportee is doing without prior notice, and it is important that you keep in touch with us on a regular basis after you have been deported.

What is the difference between open monitoring and quiet monitoring?

Open monitoring is when we tell you in advance that we will monitor your case. Quiet monitoring is when we will not tell you that we monitor your case. It means that we might be looking into your case without telling you in advance. It is important that you keep in touch with Peoplepeace if you think you risk serious harm or injury to your life after returning to your country.

Why is quiet monitoring important?

Quiet monitoring is important, because we will make sure that we don't add additonal risk to your life. We will also make sure that our work is as objective as possible. Sometimes the best way is to work quietly to check out specific facts in a case.

Does it cost any money to be monitored by Peoplepeace?
Or do I have to become a member?

No, it doesn't cost any money, and you don't have to be a member.

What happens if Peoplepeace decides not to monitor my case?

Then you will get a message from us by telephone, E-mail or regular mail that we won't monitor your case. If you still think that you risk serious harm to your life after returning to your country – we strongly advise you to keep in touch with Peoplepeace on a regular basis (for a potential quiet monitoring).

Can I trust Peoplepeace?
Or will you tell the police in Norway that you know me?

No, we will not tell the police. We don't tell anyone that we talk with you or know you. Peoplepeace has a strict non-disclosure policy.

How can I help Peoplepeace monitor more deportations?

The best way is to donate money to our Travel Fund. The Travel Fund is used for investigative travels to countries where people are deported from Norway. The money raised will pay for flight tickets and basic accomodation in the countries we decide to visit. If you are an individual or a company with a Norwegian address you can donate money today to the Travel Fund by clicking on the Donate to Travel Fund link above.

Does Peoplepeace provide financial support for deportees, private organisations or other humanitarian projects?

No, we do not.

Does Peoplepeace investigate post-deportation human rights abuses?

Yes, we do.

Why doesn’t Peoplepeace release information about individual cases to the public?

It is our policy to never release information about any case we monitor to the public unless we first obtain an explicit written consent from the deportee to do so. Our policy is to prioritize safety first – and we will never put any deportee at additional risk for his or her life by releasing information to the public.

Why was Peoplepeace founded?

A group of individuals were concerned about what happens with asylum seekers and migrant workers who are deported from Norway. They decided to get together and start an independent organisation dedicated to the welfare and legal protection of asylum seekers and migrant workers during forced deportation from the country. The organisation researches and documents potential problems involving deportation from Norway and other EU-countries (the Schengen area).

What kind of organisation is Peoplepeace?

Peoplepeace is an independent non-governmental membership organisation (NGO). It means that you can support our organisation by becoming a member. You can become a member if you live in Norway by clicking on the link Membership above. Peoplepeace is based on voluntary work. The chairman, the board members, the managing director and volunteers do not receive any pay for the job they are doing.

When was Peoplepeace founded?

It was founded in the departure area in the main terminal at Oslo Airport Gardermoen on 16 September 2010.