February 07, 2018

Norway warns Afghan migrants arriving from Russia of one-way ticket to Kabul

By Zabihullah Moosakhail - Tue Nov 10 2015, 11:48 am

Refugees and migrants gather near a check point on the Russian-Norwegian border outside Nickel (Nikel) settlement in Murmansk region, Russia, October 30, 2015. The flow of Middle Eastern migrants trying to reach Europe via the Russian Arctic slowed dramatically on October 29, partly due to a shortage of bicycles to cross the border, a source who deals with them told Reuters. According to officials, many Syrians obtain business or study visas to enter Russia and then travel through Moscow and Murmansk to Nickel, a town of some 12,000 population named after the metal mined there. REUTERS/Fyodor Porokhin


The Norwegian government has sent a stern warning to Afghan asylum seekers coming across the border from Russia: You could get a one-way ticket to Kabul, reported Cable News Network (CNN) reported on Monday.

“It is important that the Norwegian authorities are sending a clear signal to people who do not need protection or already are legally residing in Russia,” said the country’s minister of Justice and Public Security in a statement.

The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) that is responsible for processing applications from foreign nationals who wish to visit or live in Norway says that all cases of Afghans arriving from Russia will be assessed and those with legal status in Russia might be sent back there.

“All cases will be individually assessed. People who have been legally residing in Russia may also be refused residence and sent back to Russia.” Martin Andersson, a press adviser with the UDI told CNN.

According to the report citing UDI, hundreds of migrants have been crossing into Norway from Russia each week via the frontier above the Arctic Circle — but last week marked a turning point, with more Afghans than Syrians seeking asylum for the first time.

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