Dozens of asylum seekers in Norway's Arctic region are resisting authorities' plans to deport them to Russia.
Norway recently adopted stricter asylum policies and has started returning some of about 5,000 refugees and migrants who entered the country through the Russian-Norwegian border last autumn.
Some of those fearing deportation have left the asylum centre in Vadso, near the border, where they are being housed. Their whereabouts are not known.
About 30 asylum seekers, mostly Syrians, also went on a brief hunger strike to protest against the plan to send 55 people to Russia by bus.
Police have been rounding up refugees due to be deported over the weekend after Russian authorities confirmed that those with valid visas to Russia could be returned to the country.
In sharp criticism of the move, Halvor Frihagen, a Norwegian migration lawyer, said that attempts to return refugees to Russia put them at risk and contravened European Union human rights. "The asylum seekers are detained and have not been given the possibility to appeal the decisions. This is in violation of the European Convention of Human Rights, article 13," Frihagen told Al Jazeera.
He said that many of the asylum seekers may face persecution or deportation to places where they risk persecution.
"Norway considers Russia a safe first country of asylum, despite several convictions in the European Court of Human Rights, including for detaining asylum seekers with a view of deporting them to Syria," Frihagen said.
"Furthermore there is a risk of ill treatment during detention, and other risks in Russia. The plan is to deport the asylum seekers to northern Russia, where there are no asylum camps or other services to them, and the temperatures at the moment are minus 25C.
"We fear that families with children will be left outside in the cold."
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