21 July 2021
The Norweigan authorities have put a temporary halt to deportations to Afghanistan due to the "the escalation in the conflict between the Taliban and the Afghan authorities". This follows a similar decision by the Finnish authorities. The Norweigan decision will be re-evaluated on 15 September.
"The reason for the postponement is the escalation in the conflict between the Taliban and the Afghan authorities, which is leading to a deterioration of the security situation and the humanitarian situation in the country.
This means that persons who have received a final decision on return to Afghanistan are not obliged to leave Norway as long as the return stop lasts. This applies to people from Afghanistan who:
Persons with cases covered by the Dublin III Convention or the First Asylum Rule are not covered by the deferral of the obligation to leave the country. They will continue to return to the European country where they first applied for protection.
The postponement of the duty to leave has been decided until 15 September because all foreign forces must have withdrawn by the end of August. By 15 September, the UDI and UNE will reassess the return situation to Afghanistan, and whether the suspension should be extended or lifted."
Find out more about European deportations to Afghanistan in our report Deportation Union.
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