Norway Will Send Asylum Seekers Back to Eritrea, State Secretary Joran

The government will send asylum seekers back to Eritrea


State Secretary Joran Kallemyr (FRP) will send Eritreans without legal residence in Norway back to Africa.  Photo: Terje Pedersen / NTB scanpix

State Secretary Joran Kallemyr (FRP)

Oslo (NTB): State Secretary Joran Kallemyr (FRP) in the Ministry of Justice will have a return agreement with Eritrea and went Tuesday to Eritrea to talk with the country’s authorities.


Ministry of Justice has since last year been working to put in place a return agreement with Eritrea, writes Aftenposten.

Almost 3,000 asylum seekers from Eritrea came to Norway last year. Almost all are granted residence in Norway.

– In Asmara I will have talks with government representatives.The goal is a return agreement with Eritrea, as well as agreements that give Norwegian immigration authorities access to the country so that we can assure ourselves that it is safe to send asylum seekers home, saying Kallemyr said.

He adds that it hardly comes as no surprise that the government wants to return those possible return. Many young people from Eritrea escaping the country before the age of 18, to escape compulsory military service. The service should theoretically last for 18 months but can last up to ten years, according to Aftenposten.

Eritrean officials said last October that national service henceforth shall only include military training. Several European countries are now developing, to see if the words are followed by practical action.

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