So far this year, UNE has processed fewer cases than at the same time last year. If we look at different types of cases, the picture is more complex.
At the end of September, UNE had processed a total of 4105 cases in 2020. At the same time last year, the number was 5219, which is a decline of 21 per cent this year.
Declining trend in asylum cases
Since 2017 fewer and fewer asylum seekers have come to Norway, which is reflected in the number of asylum cases UNE processes.
So far in 2020 we have processed 985 asylum cases, which is a decrease of 26 percent from the same time last year, when the number was 1332.
However, in the years 2018-2019 we had a much bigger decline in cases processed. At the end of September 2018, UNE had processed 2445 asylum cases. By September 2019 there was a decrease of 46 percent, to 1332 cases.
The figures include what we call Dublin cases, cases where Norway asks another European country to process an asylum application.
Variations between case types
If we look at other types of cases, the picture is less clear. In citizenship cases, for example, the number remains fairly stable. UNE has so far processed 317 such cases this year, compared with 322 at the same time last year.
For cases involving permanent residence permits, the number has almost doubled: 297 cases processed this year, compared to 159 at the same time last year.
The figures are based on data from UNE's systems at the end of September. You will find more information on our statistics pages (in Norwegian only).