The parliament’s vote on unaccompanied minors does not bring Norwegian practice in line with the Refugee Convention
On the 14th of November, the Norwegian parliament voted in favour of a temporary halt in the forced returns of some unaccompanied minors, deciding that their cases be reassessed. The consequences of the decision are nevertheless uncertain. In our view,
The new scheme for some families who were forcibly returned from Norway was applied Monday 15 June. The scheme implies that some families with children who had stayed in Norway for a long period can now have their cases reconsidered.
Amir Najjer was tortured by masked men and accused of cooperating with Israeli troops. In Norway, his application for asylum has been rejected. The authorities say he can go to Gaza, although UNHCR recommends that no one is returned there. Now Amir has entered the game show So You THink You Can Stay and hopes the Norwegian public will think differently about his case.
The government and the supporting parties have agreed on new rules for long-staying children. The rules are still strict, but a few more families will be granted leave to remain. Generally, children must have lived in Norway for a minimum of four and a half years and gone one year to school.
Do you know families with children under 18 who have lived in Norway for many years, and who are at risk of being deported? Tell them to contact NOAS for free legal aid! NOAS wants contact with all these families, including those who already have a lawyer working on their case.