What is assisted return?

Assisted return is a programme for people who have had their applications for protection (asylum) rejected, or have withdrawn their application.

Through assisted return people receive support to return home and resettle in their home country. It is an alternative to staying in Norway without legal residence and risk being forcibly returned by the police and expelled from the Schengen area.

With assisted return, they may be eligible for the following:

  • plane tickets
  • financial support to resettle in their home country
  • advice from the International Organization for Migration (IOM)
  • information from the staff at the asylum reception centre
  • support to set up a business and for education in their home country

Everyone who applies for asylum in Norway will receive a decision from the UDI. The decision is made after an assessment of the conditions in the applicant’s home country, their statements to the UDI and the police, and any documents they hand in.

Asylum seekers who are entitled to protection will be granted a residence permit in Norway. Those who are not entitled to protection will not be granted a residence permit, and must return to their home country.

So far this year, around 1 in 3 applications for protection have been rejected. In 2015 only 16 percent of those who appealed a rejection to the Immigration Appeals Board (UNE) had their decision reversed. 

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