No Man's Land by Tine Poppe

Tine Poppe is a freelance photographer and visual storyteller based in Oslo and has been recognized with several international awards. Her more personal projects are concerned with contemporary humanitarian issues such as the refugee crisis, drug abuse, racism and climate change.

Around 3000 rejected and "non-returnable" asylum seekers live in Norwegian asylum reception centers. They remain in this indefinite limbo situation for several years, without permission to work, no right to essential medical care and no possibility to leave for another country. The only solution offered is to remain in asylum reception centers with no privacy and a daily allowance far below the poverty threshold. They come from countries that will not receive them if returned because of the lack of official return agreements or their home countries are too dangerous to return to. After a couple of years the majority experiences severe psychological trauma and many suffer from illnesses due to lack of medical care.

This project is dedicated to Eritrean Yemane Teferi who died in January 2016 after 25 years in Norwegian asylum reception centers.

All photos by Tine Poppe