What is assisted return?
Asylum seekers who are entitled to protection are granted a residence permit in Norway. Those who are not entitled to protection will not be granted a residence permit in Norway and must return home. Around a quarter of the applications submitted by asylum seekers who come to Norway are rejected. Therefore, of the asylum seekers who arrived last year, several thousand have to return home.
The UDI has now started a campaign to raise awareness about the fact that people who do not meet the conditions for protection can receive help to return. They can receive funding to resettle in their home country. This is called assisted return. With assisted return, you will be eligible for the following:
- financial support
- advice from the International Organization for Migration (IOM)
- conversations with UDI staff about your situation
- information from the staff at the asylum reception centre
- vocationally oriented courses before leaving Norway
- support to set up a business and for education in your home country
- a plane ticket to your home country
Assisted return is an alternative to staying in Norway without legal residence and risk being forcibly returned by the police and expelled from the Schengen area.
Can I receive financial support for assisted return?
If you are among the first 500 applicants who apply for assisted return, you can receive an additional NOK 10,000. The offer is valid from 25 April to 6 June 2016.
Who does the offer applies to?
The offer of an additional NOK 10,000 applies to those who apply for the first time and who:
- applied for protection in Norway before 1 April 2016
- apply for assisted return before 6 June
- are among the first 500 applicants
- leave Norway within a reasonable time after being granted assisted return
- have not applied for assisted return before
This offer does not apply to those who
- have received a final rejection from UNE and have not left Norway by the deadline they were given
- fall under the Dublin Regulation, or the UDI’s 48-hour procedure
- are returning to Ethiopia, Afghanistan or Somalia, for which there are separate return support schemes
How to apply
You can apply for assisted return through the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The UDI cooperates with the IOM on the implementation of assisted return. You can contact the IOM by calling (+47) 23 10 53 20 or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can fill in the application form on the IOM’s website.
What can I receive if I apply?
- A plane ticket to your home country
- Advice from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Norway
- NOK 30,000 in cash. This is NOK 10,000 more than previously granted, if you are among the first 500 applicants.
- If you submit a valid passport, you will be given an additional NOK 5,000 in cash
- If you have children, you can receive an additional NOK 10,000 per child under the age of 18.