Afghan ambassador asks Norway to stop bulk deportations of Afghan refugees

| 12 December 2016, 01:35

Afghanistan's ambassador, Shukria Barakzai has asked Norwegian authorities to halt mass deportations of Afghan refugees, Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten reported Saturday Dec 10.

According the newspaper, the remarks came after Minister of Migration and Integration of Norway Sylvi Listhaug spoke about expelling of Afghan asylum seekers on social media. 

Ms. Barakzai warned of situation in Afghanistan considering it inappropriate time to send asylum seekers back to Afghanistan as, in addition to around 1.3 million internally displaced people, the country has already received overwhelming number of returnees from neighboring Pakistan and Iran. 

According to reports, the petitions of as many as 2,323 afghan asylum seekers have been rejected in Norway from January through October this year and 743 Afghans have been expelled from this country. 

Norway acts based on to the tripartite agreement which was signed between Norway, Afghanistan and UNHCR in 2005 and renegotiated in 2011 and is still applicable.