A refugee is a person who meets the requirements for being granted protection (asylum) in Norway.

A person will be granted a residence permit as a refugee in Norway if he or she

  • has a well-founded fear of persecution because of his/her ethnicity, origin, skin colour, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political views (referred to as a convention refugee), or
  • faces a real risk of being subjected to the death penalty, torture or other inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment if he or she has to return to his/her home country.

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