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Asylum policy abuses children’s rights. Politician promises revolt. The government’s harsher asylum seeker policy has caused the Socialist Left’s (SV) own Sogn og Fjordane district Party to see red. They claim reducing the number of refugees infringes the rights of minors, and have promised to confront Party Leader Kristin Halvorsen about it.

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Asylum policy abuses children’s rights

Published on Wednesday, 10th February, 2010 at 20:04 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 11th February 2010 at 16:40.

Politician promises revolt.

Heidi Kathrin Osland
Heidi Kathrin Osland
Photo: Stig Marlon Weston/SV


Defeated

The government’s harsher asylum seeker policy has caused the Socialist Left’s (SV) own Sogn og Fjordane district Party to see red.

They claim reducing the number of refugees infringes the rights of minors, and have promised to confront Party Leader Kristin Halvorsen about it.

Heidi Kathrin Oseland, head of SV for the district, tells NRK she believes her Party has lost to the rest of the coalition government on this matter.

Knut Storberget, the Minister of Justice, tells TV2 almost 50,000 immigrants are on the Directorate of Immigration’s (UDI) waiting-list to receive an answer to their application to live in Norway.

Tragic

An Eritrean father and his nine year-old son’s applications to remain in Norway on humanitarian grounds were turned down in 2009, after spending one and a half years in church asylum.

Whilst a 15 year-old girl from Sri Lanka had her application turned down after four years. All have been sent out of the country.

Reidar Hjermann, the children’s ombudsman (barneombudet), thinks the authorities should reconsider the rules for minors who sit in asylum.

“If they’ve lived in Norway for a long time, they’ve become part of Norwegian society,” he tells NRK.

Meanwhile, the two relatively recent incidents have sparked reactions from both Oseland and her political colleagues. They say they’ve had enough.

“Kristin Halvorsen will certainly be given enough information when she comes to our annual meeting this weekend. We view what happens in practice and what the result of this policy is with sorrow,” Oseland says.




Published on Wednesday, 10th February, 2010 at 20:04 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 11th February 2010 at 16:40.

This post has the following tags: children, asylum, seekers, sv, socialist, left, norway, heidi, kathrin, oseland, refugees, reidar, hjermann, knut, storberget.





  
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