Focus on ID

In the Government’s proposed budget for the judiciary, ID work has been duly reviewed, and a number of goals and measures that will strengthen this work have been included.
Published: 11/28/2017
Leader of the Norwegian ID-Centre, Arne Isak Tveitan

Among the suggestions are higher funding for border control, a strengthening of ID work within the police and a continuation and development of the arrival centre function in order to process asylum cases more efficiently right from the arrival of the seeker.

In the proposed organization of the asylum process are several imporvements. All asylum seekers are to be registered at the same place and the majority will have their application processed while they are still living at the centre. A crucial success factor is closer cooperation on ID work at the Arrival Centre at Rygge between the International Police Immigration Service and The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration. A result of this cooperation will be earlier clarification regarding the asylum seekers’ identity.

Because the most demanding part of processing asylum cases is the ID work involved. A large number of asylum seekers reside in Norway with unclarified identity. Clarified identity is a prerequisite for obtaining residence permit, and it is important for the work with returns. It is also crucial to civil protection that we know who lives in Norway. It should be possible to use a closer cooperation between the police and the immigration administration to heighten the quality of the services delivered in this field.

We have been advocating for a long time better ID assessments in the arrival phase, and we are looking forward to seeing the results of the Råde cooperation. The Norwegian ID Centre will do our very best to support the new centre with building its competence, sharing methods, providing professional advice and offering specific assistance in the most demanding cases.