Parliament ratifies legislation today allowing Norway to deport a higher number of criminals to Eastern Europe.
In new bilateral agreements between Norway and Romania, Lithuania, and Latvia, police will receive extended powers to transfer inmates currently serving time in Norwegian jails to complete their sentences in their home country.
Labour’s (Ap) Deputy Minister Terje Moland Pedersen at the Ministry of Justice tells The Foreigner Norwegian jails contain a high proportion of Lithuanians and Romanians.
“The legislation is partly based on initiatives by all countries involved. For example, Romania recognizes it has a global reputation problem. The agreement is designed to improve this, rather than stigmatizing a whole nation and its people.
Minister of Justice Knut Storberget believes the move will also “work as a preventative measure. It will reduce the risk of people returning to commit new crimes in Norway,” reports NRK.
Preliminary conversations began with Romanian, Lithuanian, and Latvian foreign authorities at home and in Norway approximately four years ago according to Deputy Minister Moland Pedersen. He cannot say, however, how legal immigrants from the three countries will feel about the new legislation.
“I think they should see this as part of an active international cooperation that takes responsibility for the problem instead,” he says.