About 80 Eritreans revealed for asylum fraud – only one has returned to Eritrea
The UDI will now investigate asylum cases from Eritrea to see if refugees are participating in events in Norway, where they support the regime from which they have fled.
By Tormod Beach Journalist
But it is almost impossible to force someone to return to Eritrea after facing cheating. In the last few years, about 80 people have had their residence permit withdrawn because they cheated, mainly with ID. Only one of them has returned to Eritrea.
Two weeks ago, NRK talked about Norwegian Eritreans in Oslo to celebrate the introduction of national service in Eritrea.
It is this national service that allows Eritreans to flee the country for thousands and seek asylum, including in Norway.
NRK sources in the Eritrean environment in Norway say that several of these images have come to Norway in the last 10-15 years and have been granted asylum here.
Almost impossible to force back
As a result of NRK’s reports, the government has asked the UDI to review 150 random Eritrea cases again – to assess whether protection in Norway can be withdrawn.
But the UDI says it is almost impossible to force anyone to return to Eritrea.
“This area, ie both Eritrea and Ethiopia, is one of the areas where it is most difficult for the police to force people back,” said Frode Forfang, UDI director of NRK.
Losing rights in Norway
But even if the UDI does not get forced return returns, Forfang emphasizes that loss of residence permit has serious consequences.
– After all, it means losing all the rights it entails, such as the right to work, take education and the right to social benefits.
Forfang says that loss of residence permit due to various forms of cheating also has a signal effect which should not be underestimated.
According to the UDI, they have reason to believe that many of the approximately 80 people who have obtained their residence permit in recent years are largely still living in Norway.
– Very difficult to prove
PHOTO: HÅVARD GRØNLI / NRK
In other words, the UDI will now investigate whether there are asylum seekers and who are supporting the regime at the same time.
This becomes very difficult to prove, says Forfang.
– It is not easy to find enough evidence to actually withdraw a residence permit. It is not enough just to be pictured at an event organized by the regime. It takes a lot more than getting a residence permit, says the UDI director.
Software translation //www.nrk.no/norge