Wednesday 10/20/21

Norway joins Finland, Sweden in suspending Afghan deportations

This decision affects unsuccessful asylum seekers, and those with withdrawn or rejected Norwegian residence permits
FILED - Building on their military gains since the official start of the withdrawal of international troops, Taliban insurgents continue to capture districts in Afghanistan. Photo: picture alliance/dpa.
An Afghan soldier observing the terrain from a lookout post. Photo: picture alliance/dpa.

Following similar recent decisions by Sweden and Finland, Norway has also temporarily suspended its deportations to Afghanistan, the two Norwegian immigration authorities UDI and UNE announced in Oslo on Wednesday.

The decision follows the worsening security situation in Afghanistan as the Islamist Taliban continues to gain ground in the power vacuum left by the exit of most international troops.

As a result, the Norwegian Police Service will not carry out scheduled deportations to the conflict-ridden country until at least September 15.

This decision affects unsuccessful asylum seekers, and those with withdrawn or rejected Norwegian residence permits.

The Taliban has launched several offensives against the Afghan government in Kabul since the staggered withdrawal of international troops, which began in May this year, and have made major territorial gains, controlling just over half of Afghanistan's provinces at present.

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