Private conflicts are the most common reason for Albanians applying for protection in Norway.
Few appeals cases are granted, since UNE sees that the Albanian authorities can and will protect the applicants.
What do we consider?
A large proportion of those who apply for protection in Norway state that they fear revenge/blood vengeance. Murder or abuse committed by family members is often the cause of the conflict.
Many cases concern family violence. The applicants are women and children, among them also unaccompanied minors.
Fear of the mafia and criminal networks is often a common reason for Albanians coming to Norway.
In some cases, the applicant has stated that he or she has been the victim of different forms of human trafficking.
Most applicants travel to Norway with a biometric passport and there is rarely doubt about their identities.
We rarely grant protection in cases where the UDI has refused an application. UNE bases its decisions on the fact that the Albanian authorities have the will and ability to protect its own citizens.
We use many different sources. Much of the information we use has been collected by Landinfo, a unit that prepares reports on topics that are important to the UDI and UNE. We also read reports from, among others, the European Asylum Support Office, the Swedish Migration Agency, the British Home Office and the U.S. Department of State. We also keep up-to-date with reports in the media and from other organisations.
Most cases from Albanian asylum seekers are considered by the UDI within 48 hours. This normally means that they have left the country before UNE receives the appeal. Many of the applications are obviously unfounded. In such cases, applicants are expelled and are prohibited from entry for one year.