The UN warned last week that Norway was likely to be in breach of the UN refugee convention. "They can end up in a no man's land where they risk freezing to death," Vincent Cochetel, the UN high commissioner for refugees' regional coordinator in Europe, said last week.

In an unprecedented move by the authorities, refugees were told their applications for asylum had been rejected only a few hours before their planned deportations, giving them no chance to appeal, according to Halvor Frihagen, an asylum lawyer in Oslo.

"I do not know of any similar deportations since the Nazi occupation of Norway during the war, when Jews were arrested and given no opportunity to appeal.

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