The Norwegian government now wants to send back 1600 Somalis, because Somalia is now being assessed as stable. However, most human rights organizations have criticized the decision.
The Norwegian government wants to send back 1,600 Somalis who previously had a so-called refugee status in the country. This is because the situation in Somalia is now considered to be more stable and therefore they want their so-called protection reasons to be revalued.
However, a new report states that most human rights organizations criticize the decision.
According to the report, the government allegedly violated the UN Refugee Convention, the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights, the Norwegian Aliens Act and the foundations of Norway.
“Some organizations do not agree with this government’s strict asylum and immigration policy, which is not the same as breaking the rules,” states the Secretary of State Torkil Åmland from the Progress Party in response to the criticism.
Norway’s equivalent to the Migration Board, UDI, was already commissioned by the Government in 2016 to review the refugee status of so-called asylum seekers who arrived in Norway before 1 October 2014 but have not yet received permanent residence.
The Norwegian Government has also ruled out that the decision to revaluate people’s so-called refugee status would violate any laws or conventions.