An increasing number of asylum seekers are interested in taking Norway up on its offer to fund a return trip home.

Long family reunification waiting times and barriers to taking work or starting an education are leading more and more asylum seekers to express an interest in leaving Norway.

"They thought that when they came to Norway they would get protection rather quickly. And that they would have the opportunity to work or take an education – and maybe even to get their family to Norway," Katinka Hartmann, head of the The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration's (Utlendingsdirektoratet - UDI) return unit, told broadcaster NRK.

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