Forced return

If the police have to remove you, you will have to pay the costs. If you do not have money for the flight ticket, Norwegian authorities will pay it for you. However, you must repay the cost of the ticket. If you do not repay the cost of your ticket, you may not be permitted to enter Norway in the future.

If you applied for asylum when you came to Norway, your passport and any other documents you handed in upon arrival in Norway will be returned to you, at the latest upon arrival in your home country.

If your documents have been handed over to the authorities in your home country in connection with a forced return, you may have to contact them to get your documents back.

Dublin return

The Dublin Regulation is an agreement between the EU, Iceland, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Norway. It regulates where the processing of asylum applications will take place.

If a so-called "Dublin decision" has been made to transfer you to another country, you will be returned to the country responsible for processing your application. The country you are going to must always be notified in advance, and your transport there has to be organised by the police.

Expulsion This means that the Directorate of Immigration has expelled you from Norway for a certain number of years, or permanently. During the expulsion period, you will be banned from re-entering Norway. The entry ban often includes all of Schengen. Violating the entry ban is a punishable crime.

Rejection of entry This means that you are refused entry to Norway or that you are ordered by Norwegian authorities to leave Norway. Being refused entry does not mean that you have been banned from entering Norway in the future. You can return to Norway later, but you will have to pay for previous returns if you did not pay for them. If not, you may be expelled from Norway in the future.

Forced return The police will escort you out of Norway.

Assisted return

Anyone who is in Norway, but does not have permission to stay here, can apply for assisted return. However, this does not include persons who are subject to the scheme for fast-track asylum application processing.At any time during your asylum application process, you can apply for assisted return to your home country with the International Organization for Migration (IOM). You do not have to wait until your application has been rejected.If your case is covered by the Dublin Regulation, you can apply for assisted return to your home country or some other country where you have permission to stay. IOM cannot assist you with your return from Norway to any other country covered by the Dublin Regulation.

If your asylum application is rejected, you have will have to leave Norway within a given deadline. If you wish to make an assisted return on your own, you must apply before the deadline.

How to apply for assisted return

Apply using the application portal on the website of the Directorate of Immigration.

The website also provides useful information about assisted return.

The Directorate of Immigration and the police will, in cooperation with IOM, decide your application. The assisted voluntary return programme is a collaboration between the IOM and the Directorate of Immigration.

Readmission agreements

Norway has readmission agreements with 30 countries, but returns people to more than 100 different countries each year. A readmission agreement is not necessary for Norway to return someone to their home country, but such agreements simplify and make the return process to some countries more efficient.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs negotiates the readmission agreements.