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Syrian Families Relocated from Greece to Norway

ATHENS — A total of 35 asylum-seekers left Greece for Oslo in the context of the protection of very vulnerable persons and support for Greece's efforts to manage the critical situation in the reception of asylum seekers, the Embassy of Norway said in an announcement.

The implementation of the relocation is the result of the excellent cooperation of the Norwegian Migration Directorate (UDI), which is under the jurisdiction of the Justice Ministry of Norway, with the Greek authorities and the Greek Migration and Asylum Ministry, the same announcement said.

The 35 that left Greece were seven families from Syria that are entitled to asylum, in the framework of a voluntary relocation process.

Norway has expressed its intention to receive 50 asylum seekers, families with young children facing health problems or who are otherwise vulnerable, after the fire that destroyed the Moria hotspot on Lesvos.

In January 2021, the Norwegian authorities interviewed the candidates for relocation in Athens.

 

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