Asylum in Norway for Julian Assange?
Lets review the possibilities of granting WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange asylum in Norway.
The land where police carry roses instead of guns. (true story)
Applying for asylum in Norway
All those who need protection in Norway shall receive it. That is why the UDI gives every application for asylum careful consideration. This is what is called the asylum process. It is intended to ensure that all those who really need protection are allowed to stay, while those who do not need protection must leave Norway.
The asylum process
The UDI considers each application individually to make sure that everyone is treated fairly. Your application will be treated in the same way and in accordance with the same laws regardless of who you are. When you apply for asylum in Norway, you are asking the Norwegian state to protect you. The Norwegian state can say yes or no to your application. Many asylum seekers have their applications rejected and must return home. The UDI interviews each applicant and uses the results from this interview along with other information to decide whether you qualify for asylum. The UDI also has a great deal of knowledge about the conditions in your home country.
“If you are persecuted or in danger in your home country, you can apply for protection (asylum) in Norway. You addressed to you personally to the police in Norway to seek protection here”
When you apply for asylum in Norway, you are asking the Norwegian state to protect you. The Norwegian state can say yes or no to your application
What is protection (asylum)?
You are entitled to protection if you are in danger of
being killed, tortured or exposed to other forms of
grave abuse if you return to your country of origin.
If the authorities in your native country are able to
protect you, or there are areas in that country where
you are safe, you are normally not entitled to
protection in Norway.
The UDI will also consider whether you may be
granted asylum on humanitarian grounds.” (click)
If you are persecuted or in danger in your home country, you can apply for protection (asylum) in Norway.
You apply for protection in Norway in person with the Norwegian police.
Norwegian law and international agreements determine whether you will be allowed to stay in Norway. This chapter explains what happens when you apply for asylum. (click)
You may still be granted a residence permit in Norway even if the degree of persecution you experienced was not enough to qualify you for political asylum. This could be because there is a war going on in your homeland or because you risk being subjected to inhuman treatment. If your application for asylum is rejected, the UDI will always look at whether you may still be allowed to stay in Norway.
The Immigration Act
Chapter 4 Protection
§ 28 Residence permits for foreigners in need of protection (asylum)
An alien in this country or on the Norwegian border, shall, upon application, be recognized as a refugee if the foreign national
a) has a well-founded fear of persecution because of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group or political opinion and is unable, or owing to such fear is unwilling to avail himself their home country’s protection, see the Refugee Convention 28 July 1951 Article 1 A and Protocol 31 January 1967, or
b) without falling under a letter still stands in danger of being subjected to capital punishment, torture or other inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment upon return to their home country.
§ 29 More on the persecution under § 28, first paragraph, a
For that actions shall be deemed to constitute persecution under § 28 first paragraph, they must either
Pursuing can be
e) Political opinion shall in particular be deemed to include beliefs about the appropriate pursuers or their policies or methods, whether the applicant has acted in accordance with this opinion.
In assessing whether there is a well-founded fear of persecution, it is immaterial whether the applicant has the characteristics or the perception that leads to persecution, see § 28 first paragraph, provided that the persecutor believes the applicant has characterized or perception.
(so many words…)
Tho the key to a successful asylum proses migh involve our enfan terrible Minister of Foreign affairas Mr. Jonas Gahr Store.
Especially if you are wanted by the US of A!
Other general information regarding living in Norway can be found her at the Norwegian embassy
Lets not forget Norway’s excellent track-record as a reconciliatior… illustrated with a really old photo. (No, its not instagram)
And the silver lining. (internal link)
Best of luck!
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