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Bergen politicians protest government asylum policy. Labour (Ap) Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg made no reference to the asylum seeker children awaiting deportation when he held his traditional 01 May speech, Tuesday. Nevertheless, several western Norway Labour Youth (AUF) members arrived with placards marking their disapproval. Some 450 paperless minors are living in Norway state-run centres. The recent Norway-Ethiopia repatriation agreement, which has been broadly censured by members of the tri-partite coalition, has now closed for voluntary returns. “Attentiveness to the asylum seeker children cause is more important than ever this year, because we know the discussion paper will be presented to Parliament soon,” AUF Hordaland leader Linn Kristin Engø, told NRK.

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Bergen politicians protest government asylum policy

Published on Wednesday, 2nd May, 2012 at 12:20 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 2nd May 2012 at 12:36.

Labour (Ap) Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg made no reference to the asylum seeker children awaiting deportation when he held his traditional 01 May speech, Tuesday. Nevertheless, several western Norway Labour Youth (AUF) members arrived with placards marking their disapproval.

PM Jens Stoltenberg
PM Jens Stoltenberg
Photo: The Labour Party/Flickr


Some 450 paperless minors are living in Norway state-run centres. The recent Norway-Ethiopia repatriation agreement, which has been broadly censured by members of the tri-partite coalition, has now closed for voluntary returns.

“Attentiveness to the asylum seeker children cause is more important than ever this year, because we know the discussion paper will be presented to Parliament soon,” AUF Hordaland leader Linn Kristin Engø, told NRK.

AUF members in general want to put more emphasis on the children’s connection to Norway and less on immigration policy. The government will be putting the matter forward in approximately mid-June, according to a Labour Party press spokesperson.

7,600 people turned up to hear Jens Stoltenberg talk about core moral principles in the sunshine in Bergen and on Askøy Island.

“Justice and solidarity are important values. We must keep fighting for victory on these issues time and time again,” he declared, highlighting that Europe’s economic crisis is not over by far, and that approximately 24 million people are without work in Europe. 

He continued, “The financial crisis started by us having to save the banks, then countries. Now we have to save people. Each one of them dreams of having a job to get up and go to, dignity, security, and freedom. This has been our dream for the over 120 years we have celebrated 01 May. Therefore, I say to you: 24 million jobless people are 24 million reasons to keep celebrating 01 May.” 

It was only afterwards that the PM talked to the broadcaster about the government’s asylum policy on a day marking solidarity.

“It is unreasonable to pursue a policy where those who abide by the decision [denying their application] and leave voluntarily receive worse treatment by not being let to stay. At the same time, it is unreasonable that those who don’t abide by it do get to stay,” he declared.

“We’re talking about quite a few people, these are siblings and parents. It concerns thousands of persons, and we have already problems settling those who have been granted residence permits allowing them to stay.”




Published on Wednesday, 2nd May, 2012 at 12:20 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 2nd May 2012 at 12:36.

This post has the following tags: norwayasylumseekers, asylumpolicynorway, paperlesschildrennorway.





  
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