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8,000 Syria refugees insufficient, Norway Peace Council says. A demonstration is planned in Oslo as increasing numbers of refugees from war-torn Syria seek asylum in Norway. “Norway is known for its humanitarian record. It is inappropriate and baffling that Norway is only accepting 8,000 Syrian quota refugees over the course of three years. In comparison, Sweden grants permanent residency to all Syrian refugees,” says the Council’s Hedda Bryn Langemyr. Earlier this year, a cross-Party deal (excluding the Socialist Left (SV) and Progress (FrP)) was hammered out to accept this number of displaced persons over three years.

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8,000 Syria refugees insufficient, Norway Peace Council says

Published on Friday, 11th September, 2015 at 11:17 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Sarah Bostock   .

A demonstration is planned in Oslo as increasing numbers of refugees from war-torn Syria seek asylum in Norway.

Norwegian border
Norwegian border
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“Norway is known for its humanitarian record. It is inappropriate and baffling that Norway is only accepting 8,000 Syrian quota refugees over the course of three years. In comparison, Sweden grants permanent residency to all Syrian refugees,” says the Council’s Hedda Bryn Langemyr.

Earlier this year, a cross-Party deal (excluding the Socialist Left (SV) and Progress (FrP)) was hammered out to accept this number of displaced persons over three years.

Ms Langemyr makes her statement as European leaders discuss and plan how to handle the huge influx of refugees coming to Europe, and with Norway offering the UN to host a donor conference.

The UN has requested USD 7.4bn in aid to Syria and neighbouring countries Turkey and Lebanon.

According to Ms Langemyr, the past weeks have seen 85,000 people in Norway mobilise aid and support for refugees originating from Syria and other conflict-ridden areas.

Ordinary citizens have donated items including food and clothing as Norway’s swamped asylum seeker reception centres struggle to cope with the influx.

Mogul Petter Stordalen has offered some 5,000 nights to Syrian and African displaced people at his Nordic Choice chain of hotels via the Directorate of Immigration (UDI) if they cannot find a place at these facilities.

UDI press advisor John Olav Kroken tells The Foreigner that “we have told his company that we appreciate his offer, but we have to focus on finding more permanent accommodation for refugees right now.”

“However, we will avail ourselves of this offer should we so need.”

Saturday’s demonstration for the Syrian refugees, which is part of the European Day for Refugees, will take place at Eidsvolls plass near the Parliament from 1 pm.

The Norwegian Peace Council expects some 7,000 people to attend the event, which will see appeals.

Attendees include the Socialist Left’s (SV) Audun Lysbakken, the Christian Democrats’ (KrF) Knut Arild Hareide, the Liberals’ (V) Trine Skei Grande, Miljøpartiet De Grønne’s (MDG) Rasmus Hansson, and the Red Party’s (Rødt) Bjørnar Moxnes.

“We’re going to bring our message to the five Party leaders and challenge them from stage as to which political action they can take within the framework of parliament to increase the number of UN quota refugees,” Hedda Bryn Langemyr says.

She also criticises Norway’s different political parties for pushing different priorities.

“While all agree that something has to be done, none of them are saying that we need to do four to five things in tandem. For example, Labour (Ap) is choosing to focus on the number of asylum seekers coming to Norway rather than UN quota refugees and other questions. They seem content with the number we have.”

“Moreover, the political, judicial and non-governmental branches have to strive for better efficiency regarding case-processing as well as housing when it comes to settling refugees,” concludes Ms Langemyr.




Published on Friday, 11th September, 2015 at 11:17 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Sarah Bostock   .

This post has the following tags: syria, refugees, asylum.





  
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