Picture: AFP By Anna Lundberg This is not news. For many years, people who do not return to their country of origin have been described as a major policy problem. Forgotten in this debate is that some of the people who have had their asylum applications rejected cannot actually return home. The underlying reasons vary. If the person is stateless, the designated recipient country may not see any obligation to grant entry permits. There may be political reasons for a state to deny a citizen’s return; an individual’s citizenship may have been withdrawn or it may be impossible to get to the designated country or very difficult to obtain entry permits. These “Non-Returnable Returnees” end up being legally stranded, in an uncertain position with a high risk of exploitation. In many countries, such people have no right to work and no right to emergency support. It should be in the interest of all EU countries to counter a law that results in more people ending … [Read more...] about What to do with rejected asylum seekers?
Asylum seekers statistics by country
Norway has announced plans to deprive 1,600 Somali immigrants of their refugee status, as their homeland is considered safe enough to return to, the newspaper Nettavisen reported. According to the Norwegian government, Islamists from al-Shabaab* have been pushed back in Somalia, which despite ongoing battles has evolved from a failed state to a functional one. Norway has concluded that it is only reasonable for people who no longer need protection to return home. These plans, however, have triggered the ire of human rights organizations, such as the Norwegian Organization for Asylum Seekers (NOAS) and Save the Children, who accused the government of violating the UN Refugee Convention, the European Convention, the Domestic Aliens Act and Norway's humanitarian foundations in general. According to NOAS, the changes in Somali are far from "significant and lasting" and are insufficient grounds … [Read more...] about Safe Now: Norway to Cancel Refugee Status, Send Back 1,600 Asylum Seekers
YLE called his estimate into question the following day by pointing out that positive decisions made up over a half of the roughly two million asylum decisions issued in the European Union in 2016–2017, according to statistics released by Eurostat. The number, it added, creeps up to over 1.2 million when taking into consideration also the negative decisions that were overturned after an appeal. The same argument was made by Erna Bodström, an immigration researcher at the University of Helsinki. “Really Juha Sipilä, do you have any evidence to support your ugly claim? According to Eurostat, over a half of asylum seekers are granted international protection,” she commented on Twitter. Tapio Laakso, an advocacy advisor at Save the Children Finland, reminded that a half of the asylum seekers who arrived in 2015 and 2016 came from three countries plagued by serious, ongoing conflicts – Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. “It’s sad that the prime … [Read more...] about Sipilä asked to corroborate “ugly claim” about asylum seekers
Turkish authorities in several cities, including Istanbul and provinces near the Syrian border, have stopped registering new asylum seekers fleeing war-torn Syria, according to Human Rights Watch. The suspension in new registrations has meant that some Syrian refugees have been coerced to return to Syria, unlawfully deported, or denied health care and education. The European Commission has recently praised Turkey’s asylum system and plans to release the second batch of €3 billion under its March 2016 migration deal which includes support for refugees in Turkey. European Union institutions and governments have stayed publicly silent on the suspension and other refugee abuses committed by Turkey, suggesting their primary concern is to halt the movement of asylum seekers and migrants from Turkey to the EU. This latest development comes as the European Union prepares to release the second batch of $3bn under its March migration deal which includes support for … [Read more...] about Turkey stops accepting Syrian asylum seekers
Half-year statistics showed increased number of Turks who applied for asylum in Norway, while at the same time the number of family immigration application has been the lowest in last five years, public broadcaster NRK reported Thursday. In the first half of 2018, 1,116 asylum seekers came to Norway, which is about the same as in the same period last year and lower than in 2016, according to the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI). There are 245 Turks who have applied for asylum in the first half. Among them, 142 came in June, accounting for about half of all asylum seekers in the month, said the report. Most of the Turkish applicants argue they are linked to the network supporting fugitive preacher Fethullah Gulen and are pursued by the Turkish authorities. So far this year, most of asylum seekers of this category have been granted protection in Norway. Now the Norwegian authorities decided to wait with further processing of these applications. "When there has been a strong … [Read more...] about Increased number of Turkish asylum seekers in Norway