Relocation of asylum seekers from Greece and Italy to Norway


Persons who have applied for protection in Greece or Italy, can apply for transfer to another European country to have their application processed there. This is called relocation.

Norway’s obligations in the EU relocation program

The Norwegian Parliament decided in December 2015 that Norway is to receive a total of 1 500 asylum seekers who are staying in Italy and Greece during 2016­ and 2017.

The relocation programme

In the EU relocation programme, asylum seekers get the option to have their application for protection (asylum) processed in another EU/EEA country.

It is the Italian or Greek authorities who decide to which country they present an asylum seeker as candidate for relocation. That country will then have an opportunity to accept or decline the asylum seeker that has been presented to them.

If the country accepts that the asylum seeker will be relocated to that country, the asylum seeker will have his or her travel organized by the International Organization for Migration (IOM). When the asylum seeker arrives in the country he or she is relocated to, the application will be processed according to normal procedure in that country.

The requirements an asylum seeker must fulfill

For an asylum seeker to qualify for the program, the person must meet these requirements:

  • Must have arrived in Italy or Greece after 24 March 2015.
  • Must have applied for protection in the country he or she is in.
  • Must have a nationality where it is a 75 % or higher probability for the application for protection to be granted in Europe, as shown in Eurostat statistics.
  • Must not be a candidate for the Dublin procedure.

Italian and Greek authorities carry out a register check and the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) carries out an interview of all asylum seekers who are candidates for relocation. The purpose of the register check and interview is to uncover if there are persons who may pose a risk for national security. If such cases Norwegian authorities will reject the asylum seeker.

You can find more information about who can qualify for the programme and what requirements the asylum seeker must fulfill at the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) website (external website).