When the duty to return is temporarily suspended for a defined and limited group, it is called a 'suspension of the duty to return'. One example is if events in an appellant's country of origin indicate that new information should be obtained or that restraint should be shown pending developments. A suspension of the duty to return will then apply regardless of whether a request for reversal has been submitted following a previous rejection, meaning that it covers more factors than just the question of whether to grant deferred implementation in connection with the consideration of submitted requests for reversal.
When UNE refrains from making a decision in a defined and limited type of cases, it is called to 'put on hold'. A case can be put on hold pending new or updated information, or because the Government has issued instructions to that effect because it is considering whether to make changes to rules that may have a bearing on this type of cases.
People who are not obliged to return voluntarily will not be forcibly returned. The opposite is not always true, however, because it may be inadvisable to implement forced returns even if the duty to return voluntarily has not been suspended.
The information on this page will be up to date at all times, which means that any and all guidelines from UNE to the National Police Immigration Service (NPIS) in relation to the implementation of negative decisions will be published on this page.

Russia: For persons who crossed over Storskog

The suspension of returns applies only to foreigners who in 2015 came over the Storskog border crossing to seek protection in Norway. The suspension only applies to those who live at a known address in No rway and have a multi-entry visa or residence permit in Russia that has expired. Read the statement here.

Libya (suspension of returns to other parts of Libya except Tripoli)

The suspension of the duty to return for persons from Tripoli in Libya was reversed on 15 September 2015; read the statement here. This means that all persons who have previously received, or who from now on receive a final decision requiring them to return to Libya are obliged to leave Norway. The police can resume the implementation of forced returns to Libya.


On 15 April 2015, UNE decided to suspend the duty to return to Yemen. The decision applies both to persons who have previously applied for asylum and to persons who are obliged to return after having received a rejection of an application for residence pursuant to other parts of the regulations (see this statement).

Immigration cases concerning nationals of Syria:

On 28 April 2011, UNE decided to suspend the duty to return for nationals of Syria who have applied for protection in Norway.

On 26 June 2012, it was decided to resume the processing of asylum cases and other immigration cases for nationals of Syria, but the suspension of the duty to return was upheld for previously decided cases.

Dublin returns to Greece:

UNE has suspended the duty to return; see the press release of 12 October 2010 (in Norwegian) and the statement of 23 February 2011 at une.no (in Norwegian). This was decided at the request of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR).