In relation to the termination of the Resolute Support Mission (RMS), The Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security gave a new instruction on 3 June 2021 enabling local personnel directly employed by the Norwegian Defense Forces or the Norwegian Embassy in Afghanistan to apply for protection in Norway.
The following may apply:
- Local civilian “house staff” contracted directly by the Norwegian Defense Forces at the time of the withdrawal of Norwegian Forces and termination of RSM
- Local employees at the Norwegian Embassy in Kabul with different tasks in case of possible down-scaling, relocation or closure of the Embassy in Kabul.
This new instruction comes in addition to an instruction issued by the Ministry of Justice and Public Security in 2017, securing the possibility to apply for protection in Norway to interpreters who are directly employed by the Norwegian Defense Forces upon the termination of RSM. This instruction is still valid for interpreters directly employed after 1 January 2015 in relation to RSM.
Personnel with terminated contracts from former missions (interpreters, house staff etc. or staff contracted through other agencies/contractors) with the Norwegian Defense Forces or former employment at the Norwegian Embassy in Kabul are not included and may not apply for protection in accordance with the new regulations.