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ACCOMMODATION FOR REFUGEES

First of all, it is important to distinguish between people who have been granted either asylum or residency on humanitarian grounds, and asylum seekers who do not yet know the outcome of their application. Asylum seekers generally live in asylum reception centres, where they are given a modest amount of money for food and essentials. Refugees can choose not to stay in an asylum reception centre but will not receive any benefits, as a result. In theory, however, refugees are free to live wherever they want while awaiting the result of their asylum application. In practice, the majority of asylum seekers reside in refugee reception centres while their application is being processed.

Many refugees who have been granted asylum or residency on humanitarian grounds reside in an asylum reception centre for extended periods, while they wait to be assigned to a municipality. Once refugees resettle in their assigned municipality they become the municipality’s responsibility and are eligible for the Introduction Programme and its monetary benefits, in addition to other forms of assistance. However, refugees are not assigned to a municipality until the municipality has arranged suitable accommodation.

A shortage of housing in many municipalities, delays the efficient resettlement process for many refugees. If you own an apartment or house that you believe may be suitable long-term accommodation for refugees, we urge you to contact those in charge of “municipality housing” or “refugee housing” in your municipality. Please note that it is a prerequisite that the property: 1. meets general housing regulations and standards and 2) that it be available for long-term rental (3 years or more).  The former entails that the property will in all likelihood be inspected before any formal agreement can be arranged. Details on how to proceed further after your property is deemed suitable for rental to refugees may vary from municipality to municipality.

Once suitable accommodation is available, the process of resettlement can proceed, and refugees can begin their new life in their assigned municipality. Upon settlement in the municipality, most adults qualify for the Introduction Programme which is designed to assist refugees in learning Norwegian and acquiring the necessary qualifications for paid employment in Norway. Read more here. Suitable housing is therefore an incredibly important BRIKKE in the process of resettlement.

How can I offer shelter to a refugee?

  • Unfortunately it is not the case that individuals can simply offer to provide accommodation for a refugee / asylum seeker. If you own an apartment or house that you believe may be suitable long-term accommodation for refugees, we urge you to contact those in charge of “municipality housing” or “refugee housing” in your municipality. Please note that it is a prerequisite that the property: 1. meets general housing regulations and standards and 2) that it be available for long-term rental (3 years or more).  You can also register the property at no

The topic “housing” is also discussed in the Facebook group “Har du plass til en ekstra i hjemmet ditt?” (“Do you have room for one more in your home?”)

UDI’S STANCE ON TEMPORARY RECEPTION LOCATIONS

UDI has issued a statement regarding solutions for temporary reception locations, read more here.The topic “housing” is also discussed in the Facebook group “Har du plass til en ekstra i hjemmet ditt?” (“Do you have room for one more in your home?”) The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) has recently announced that they are going to consider different solutions for temporary reception centres.

UDI sent the following response to a private inquiry about housing asylum seekers in private homes rather than reception centres:

“Thank you for your inquiry. We are very pleased that you would like to help provide accommodation for refugees that make it to Norway.

UDI is currently working actively to find more temporary accommodation for asylum seekers. We need to find places that can accommodate large numbers of people at the same time. The reason for this is that we need to be able to provide information about the asylum process, ensure that the refugees receive financial support, and arrange transfer to an ordinary asylum reception centre as soon as capacity becomes available. If refugees are accommodated in small groups in many different places, the logistics of this work becomes very difficult, and therefore we must unfortunately decline offers of accommodation in private homes.

There is nevertheless always a need for people who want to contribute through voluntary work, and there are many other ways you can help. We have posted some tips on what people can do to help refugees on our website: http://www.udi.no/…/vil-du-hjelpe-asylsokere-og-flyktninger/

Once again, thank-you for getting involved! We are totally dependent on positive interaction with local communities and volunteers who put in time and effort to make sure that refugees and asylum seekers are received in the best possible way. “

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