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RETURNRETURN follows the trail of young asylum seekers who have spent several years in Norway but are now returned to their homeland: Afghanistan, Iran, Nigeria and Jordan. Through photos and texts we glimpse their new life after the return. Gjestvang has also photographed their home in Norway, their friends and the places they left behind.

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RETURN Bayan's friends Frida, Gyda and Lisa on the play set where they used to hang out. RETURN follows the trail of young asylum seekers who have spent several years in Norway but are now returned to their homeland: Afghanistan, Iran, Nigeria and Jordan. Through photos and texts we glimpse their new life after the return. Gjestvang has also photographed their home in Norway, their friends and the places they left behind.

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RETURN Nora and Sara playing in the court yard. With each other they only speak Norwegian. Because their Norwegian birth certificate is not valid in Jordan, they don't have any rights to go to school etc.RETURN follows the trail of young asylum seekers who have spent several years in Norway but are now returned to their homeland: Afghanistan, Iran, Nigeria and Jordan. Through photos and texts we glimpse their new life after the return. Gjestvang has also photographed their home in Norway, their friends and the places they left behind.

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RETURN Israe is combing Bayan's hair while Mona is reading in the bedroom in Irbid. RETURN follows the trail of young asylum seekers who have spent several years in Norway but are now returned to their homeland: Afghanistan, Iran, Nigeria and Jordan. Through photos and texts we glimpse their new life after the return. Gjestvang has also photographed their home in Norway, their friends and the places they left behind.

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RETURN The seven sisters helping their mother picking grape leaves. They create "Dawali», stuffed grape leaves, for dinner.RETURN follows the trail of young asylum seekers who have spent several years in Norway but are now returned to their homeland: Afghanistan, Iran, Nigeria and Jordan. Through photos and texts we glimpse their new life after the return. Gjestvang has also photographed their home in Norway, their friends and the places they left behind.

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RETURN The view from the sisters' home in Namsos.RETURN follows the trail of young asylum seekers who have spent several years in Norway but are now returned to their homeland: Afghanistan, Iran, Nigeria and Jordan. Through photos and texts we glimpse their new life after the return. Gjestvang has also photographed their home in Norway, their friends and the places they left behind.

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RETURN Goran shows her wedding ring. She has married a boy from Jordan who lives in Denmark. She is waiting for permission from the embassy to travel to visit him. It is her chance to get away. Girls without education have few future prospects in Jordan.RETURN follows the trail of young asylum seekers who have spent several years in Norway but are now returned to their homeland: Afghanistan, Iran, Nigeria and Jordan. Through photos and texts we glimpse their new life after the return. Gjestvang has also photographed their home in Norway, their friends and the places they left behind.

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RETURN Sara in the garden in Irbid. RETURN follows the trail of young asylum seekers who have spent several years in Norway but are now returned to their homeland: Afghanistan, Iran, Nigeria and Jordan. Through photos and texts we glimpse their new life after the return. Gjestvang has also photographed their home in Norway, their friends and the places they left behind.

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RETURN Martens (12) and Marta (12) outside their home in Verona, Italy. They came to Norway in 2009 together with their mother and brother Richard (14) ans sister Josephine (17). The father god blinded after a work accident in 2004, and he lost his job, then their home. He sent his wife and four children to Norway, where the mother told the authorities they were fleeing from Nigeria because of female circumcision. When the Norwegian authorities found out it was a lie, the application was rejected. The family moved to Borkenes in northern Norway, and the children started school. In 2014, after almost five years, they were deported to Nigeria. After four months in Lagos, they travelled back to Italy with the support of the Baptist congregation and local supporters in Borkenes. They also pay the family’s house rent, food and school fee for the children.RETURN follows the trail of young asylum seekers who have spent several years in Norway but are now returned to their homeland: Afghanistan, Iran, Nigeria and Jordan. Through photos and texts we glimpse their new life after the return. Gjestvang has also photographed their home in Norway, their friends and the places they left behind.

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RETURN Interior from the refugee center in Borkenes, where the family lived.RETURN follows the trail of young asylum seekers who have spent several years in Norway but are now returned to their homeland: Afghanistan, Iran, Nigeria and Jordan. Through photos and texts we glimpse their new life after the return. Gjestvang has also photographed their home in Norway, their friends and the places they left behind.

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RETURN Richard (14) about his friends in Borkenes: "We were a good bunch og friends, really. We did normal Norwegian things - went on training, did homework together. Sometimes we had guys' night where we ate pizza, played playstation, hang out in the streets, or went to the movies or bowling. I miss them terribly. Here in Italy I do not know so many people, sometimes I standing alone. But I'm used to it. When I came here I got used to it. "RETURN follows the trail of young asylum seekers who have spent several years in Norway but are now returned to their homeland: Afghanistan, Iran, Nigeria and Jordan. Through photos and texts we glimpse their new life after the return. Gjestvang has also photographed their home in Norway, their friends and the places they left behind.

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RETURN The field below the reception center in Borkenes.RETURN follows the trail of young asylum seekers who have spent several years in Norway but are now returned to their homeland: Afghanistan, Iran, Nigeria and Jordan. Through photos and texts we glimpse their new life after the return. Gjestvang has also photographed their home in Norway, their friends and the places they left behind.

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RETURN Richard's best friend, Johanne (15) sitting under the bushes in her garden. This was her and Richard's secret place.RETURN follows the trail of young asylum seekers who have spent several years in Norway but are now returned to their homeland: Afghanistan, Iran, Nigeria and Jordan. Through photos and texts we glimpse their new life after the return. Gjestvang has also photographed their home in Norway, their friends and the places they left behind.

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RETURN follows the trail of young asylum seekers who have spent several years in Norway but are now returned to their homeland: Afghanistan, Iran, Nigeria and Jordan. Through photos and texts we glimpse their new life after the return. Gjestvang has also photographed their home in Norway, their friends and the places they left behind.

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RETURN "When I lived In Norway I had some dreams. I imagined the day where we received a residence permit. Almost all my foreign friends got it, I was the only one who was sent back. Having seen the house they got and how nicely they were treated, I dreamed that maybe it will be my turn someday. But now I'm here. So now I don't dream the house and what could have happened. I dream about the day when we get a paper that says we can return. "RETURN follows the trail of young asylum seekers who have spent several years in Norway but are now returned to their homeland: Afghanistan, Iran, Nigeria and Jordan. Through photos and texts we glimpse their new life after the return. Gjestvang has also photographed their home in Norway, their friends and the places they left behind.

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RETURN Highway 83 between Borkenes and Harstad in northern Norway, was one of the last things the family saw when they were deported by police early Wednesday morning 24. September 2014.RETURN follows the trail of young asylum seekers who have spent several years in Norway but are now returned to their homeland: Afghanistan, Iran, Nigeria and Jordan. Through photos and texts we glimpse their new life after the return. Gjestvang has also photographed their home in Norway, their friends and the places they left behind.


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