Fifty-two Iraqis deported from Norway

12:44, January 09, 2011      

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A total of 52 Iraqis, who had stayed in Norway illegally, were put on a plane and sent back to their home country, reported the Norwegian news agency NTB on Saturday.

The plane landed in Baghdad on Saturday morning, said the agency in a dispatch.

The asylum applications by the Iraqi citizens, who had lived illegally in Norway for two to five years, had been denied. As they did not want to return voluntarily, they had to be forcibly sent back to Iraq, Ingrid Wirum, chief of Norway's National Police Immigration Unit, was quoted as saying.

"It is important to signal that it is not acceptable to be in Norway illegally," said Wirum.

Source: Xinhua
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