Asylum reception centres (different types)

This overview explains the difference between different types of asylum reception centres.

Arrival centres

This is a new type of centre introduced in 2015. Coordinated registration of asylum seekers. Arrival centre process:

  • Registration with the police
  • Registration in the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration's (UDI) asylum reception centre system
  • Compulsory tuberculosis testing and medical examination
  • Information from the Norwegian Organisation for Asylum Seekers (NOAS) about the further asylum process

After a few days, asylum seekers will be transferred on.

Unaccompanied minor asylum seekers under the age of 15

Transit reception centre

  • There are special transit reception centres for unaccompanied minor asylum seekers between the ages of 15 and 18.

Integration reception centre

  • An offer of accommodation where the residents are obliged to follow the municipality’s full-time qualification programme.
  • Integration reception centres are aimed at adults and families that have been granted residence permits, or that most probably will be granted residence permits. 

Ordinary reception centres

  • Asylum seekers are moved to ordinary reception centres after their asylum interview with the UDI.
  • Asylum seekers stay in these centres while their application is being processed.
  • Unaccompanied minor asylum seekers between the ages of 15 and 18 will be placed in separate centres or units adapted to their needs.

Specially adapted units

  • These units are specially adapted for asylum seekers with special physical or mental needs.
  • They are primarily intended for asylum seekers who suffer from mental problems, but are not so ill as to need psychiatric treatment.
  • Staying in a specially adapted unit is voluntary.



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