Norwegian Organization for Asylum Seekers (NOAS)

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Norwegian Organization for Asylum Seekers (NOAS)
Torggt. 22, 2 etg. Post box 8893 Youngstorget, 0028
Oslo
Norway
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22 36 56 60
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Norwegian Organization for Asylum Seekers (NOAS)

The Norwegian Organization for Refugee or Asylum Seekers (NOAS) provides general information on asylum procedures and criteria for asylum. NOAS aims to advance the interests of asylum seekers in Norway. According to NOAS’ principles, the organization provides legal aid or welfare assistance to persons who seek and/or have been granted asylum status and protection in Norway. NOAS also engages in refugee policy matters as well as works to combat racism and xenophobia.

NOAS also provides free legal aid for asylum matters. In practice, this means that they write an additional statement to the lawyer’s complaint if an asylum seekers application is rejected by UDI (the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration). NOAS goes through all inquiries in order to assess the help we can provide. NOAS receives many cases, and therefore has to prioritize cases where we can make significant contributions.

About Asylum seeker
Asylum seeker: A person who on his or her own initiative, and without prior notification, asks the authorities in Norway for protection and recognition as a refugee.

Refugee: (UN Refugee Convention) A person who has a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership or a particular social group or political opinion.

An Asylum Seeker or Refugee is someone who has fled their own country and applies to the government of another country for protection as a refugee. According to the United Nations Convention and Protocol relating to the Status of Refugees (the Refugee Convention), a refugee is someone who is outside their own country and cannot return due to a well-founded fear of persecution because of their:

  • race
  • religion
  • nationality
  • membership of a particular social group
  • political opinion.

NOAS is a watchdog for Asylum Seekers with currently 12 staff members. The main office is located at Torggata in Oslo; another office is situated at the asylum reception centre in Bærum. NOAS’ operations include legal aid, information work, and academic and political efforts aimed at ensuring that asylum seekers get appropriate justice and welfare assistance. NOAS is a membership organization with approximately 500 members. NOAS is mainly financed through state grants. NOAS provides assistance primarily with asylum cases. If you need help regarding family reunion, deportation, visa or citizenship, you can contact Juss Buss and Power of Attourney.

Objecting to forced return
Amnesty International, meanwhile, has issued a report claiming that Norway can’t send rejected refugees back to Greece, where many entered the European area, because they’ll be imprisoned, also underaged asylum seekers. Amnesty claims the asylum seekers are routinely held in miserable conditions and denied access to judicial, social or medical help.

UDI reported this week that it’s cutting operations at several asylum centers around the country because demand has declined. Officials said they will eliminate accommodation for 177 underaged asylum seekers in six townships this autumn and winter.

Number of asylum seekers cut in half
The number of young asylum seekers arriving in Norway has declined by 66 percent so far this year, reducing the need for facilities to house them.

The number of asylum seekers arriving in Norway in the first half of the year has been reduced by 46 per cent, compared to the same period last year. The reduction is highest among minors. The Immigration Directorate (UDI)'s prognosis for the whole of 2010 has therefore been adjusted down from 17,500 asylum seekers to 10,000. More: http://www.norwaypost.no/news/number-of-asylum-seekers-cut-in-half.html

Also See: Young Asylum Seekers: A Grounded Theory study of teenager’s identity development and mental health while living as refugee centre inhabitants.




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