Norway's increasingly stricter measures and tougher policies regarding refugees, have made asylum seekers drop Norway as their final destination when fleeing through peaceful Europe.
Last year, 3,460 asylum seekers came to Norway. It is the lowest figure in nearly 20 years, according to Immigration, UDI. Meanwhile, 12,700 asylum seekers were granted residence permit, which is a new record, reports TV2.
The asylum seekers who came last year, came from about 100 different countries, but most came from Eritrea (586), Syria (529) and Afghanistan (373), according to Immigration.
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The figures include 256 asylum seekers who have been relocated from Italy and Greece. In the total number, 427 newborns are also registered.
Among last year's asylum seekers, 320 have claimed to be single and minors. Four out of ten are from Afghanistan. 47 are from Eritrea and 25 from Syria.
Of the total of 23,300 asylum applications UDI decided on last year, most came in 2015. More than half of the asylum applications were granted.
Of the 12,700 people that were granted residence permit, nearly six out of ten came from Syria. This amounts to 7,400 people. 1,600 Eritreans and 1,200 Afghans have also been granted protection in Norway during 2016.
The low number of asylum applications to Norway, is partly because the Balkan route is out of business, but also Norway's increasingly stricter measures and tougher policies regarding refugees, mostly thanks to Norway's new "Shieldmaiden," Integration Minister Sylvi Listhaug (pictured).
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