The Immigration Appeals Board (UNE) and the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) have decided to temporarily suspend the duty to return for persons who have a final decision to return to Ethiopia. The background for this is the uncertainty about the further political and security developments in the country.
The decision applies to both former asylum seekers and persons with a duty to return following the rejection of an application for residence in accordance with other parts of the regulations. This applies to Ethiopian citizens who:
The suspension generally applies to everyone who is covered. It is not necessary to ask UNE or UDI for a reversal of the decision. We will reassess the return situation by 30 April, and whether the suspension should be extended or lifted.
Persons with cases covered by the Dublin III Convention or the First Asylum Rule are not covered by the suspension. They are still to return to the first European country in which they applied for protection.
The Police Immigration Unit (PU) has been informed that no persons covered by the suspension shall be forcibly deported from Norway.