Number of asylum seekers from Eritrea has skyrocketed in the summer. In August Eritreans constituted 44 per cent of the new arrivals to Norway.
Number of asylum seekers from Eritrea tripled from about 150 in June to 450 in July, according to new figures from the Directorate of Immigration (UDI).
While Eritreans accounted for 16 percent of asylum
in the first half overall, they accounted for 36 percent of the applications in July, according to UDI. Preliminary figures also show that the proportion increased further to 44 percent in August.
Asylum seekers are mostly single men, but it is also more single women and unaccompanied minors among applicants than before. There has however been no significant increase in the number of families.
According to UDI’s summer numbers higher than expected. Directorate think the numbers will drop again in the fall.
Norway, together with Sweden, Switzerland and Italy is among the countries in Europe that have received the most asylum seekers from Eritrea this year. An explanation of getting more people here may be that Italy now reject more than before.