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Pressure on UDI


[refugees] The UDI is increasing its readiness in anticipation of Lebanese refugees to Norway.

600.000 Lebanese are on the run in their own country. The Directorate of Immigration (UDI) is preparing for an increase in the number of family reunification applications from Lebanese with Norwegian relatives.

- The UDI has invested extra capacity, both by strengthening the information service and by increasing caseworker capacity, says Morten Hansen, acting department director at the UDI.

Norway has not received any request from the UN to welcome refugees from Lebanon, but many Lebanese in Norway have relatives in their home country.

- I try to get my parents to Norway, but they did not have the papers in order, says Norwegian-Lebanese Majed Malla, who still hopes the relatives will get out of southern Lebanon.

Malla emphasizes that the Norwegian authorities have worked hard and been among the best to evacuate their own citizens from Lebanon.

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