Aug 2008 – Aug 2009
The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration - Utlendingsdirektoratet (UDI) – has commissioned a team from the Chr. Michelsen Insitute (CMI) and PRIO to assess the programme for voluntary return to Afghanistan. The programme is open to Afghan nationals whose asylum applications in Norway are pending or have been rejected, or Afghans who have been granted the right to stay in Norway but wish to return to Afghanistan. The report focuses on the return programme established in 2006 by the Norwegian government in cooperation with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and Norwegian NGOs. The programme includes information and counselling in Norway, as well as cash payments and reintegration assistance upon return to Afghanistan.
The Norwegian daily Bergens Tidende publishes an op.ed (in Norwegian) based on the report ‘Return in Dignity, Return to What?’, a study commissioned by the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration to review its program for assisted voluntary return of Afghans from Norway.