Relocation of asylum seekers from Greece and Italy to Norway


In 2016 and 2017 there was a scheme were persons who had applied for protection in Greece or Italy, could apply for transfer to another European country to have their application processed there. This was called relocation.

Norway’s obligations in the EU relocation program

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

The relocation programme

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

Italian and Greek authorities could decide to which country they would present an asylum seeker as a candidate for relocation. That country would then have an opportunity to accept or decline the asylum seeker that had been presented to them.

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

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

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