30,000 asylum seekers arrive without passports
Since 2005 33,000 asylum seekers have arrived in Norway without a passport or ID documents, and most of them are still in Norway, according to Aftenposten. The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) will now refuse to give them work permit.
According to the police, there are several reasons why a large number of asylum sekers dispose of their ID documents. One is that many fear that it may be revealed that they have earlier applied for asylum in other countries, writes Norway Post.
Earlier this year, the Department of Labor instructed the UDI to refuse work permit to asylum seekers without ID documents.
Norway grants protection to persons who have good reason to fear persecution based on religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group, based on the UN Refugee Convention and Norwegian law. The Immigration Authorities has a special focus on the rights of women and children.
Source: Norway Post.