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Easier to punish criminal refugees. Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg warns of a government crackdown on asylum seekers who break the law. “The reality is some individuals abuse the asylum system by committing crimes. We will be proposing legislation that makes it easier to jail and eventually deport people who do this,” he tells NRK, emphasizing it will especially apply to drugs-related felonies in Norway’s major cities. According to the PM, the proposal will maintain respect for those who are persecuted and the system in general, adding, “We must be able to put people caught for selling narcotics in prison. It certainly isn’t possible todetainthemlongenoughtopreventtheirreturn.”

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Easier to punish criminal refugees

Published on Wednesday, 1st June, 2011 at 10:30 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 1st June 2011 at 10:53.

Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg warns of a government crackdown on asylum seekers who break the law.

Jens Stoltenberg (Party conference 2009)
Jens Stoltenberg (Party conference 2009)
Photo: Arbeiderpartiet


“The reality is some individuals abuse the asylum system by committing crimes. We will be proposing legislation that makes it easier to jail and eventually deport people who do this,” he tells NRK, emphasizing it will especially apply to drugs-related felonies in Norway’s major cities.

According to the PM, the proposal will maintain respect for those who are persecuted and the system in general, adding, “We must be able to put people caught for selling narcotics in prison. It certainly isn’t possible todetainthemlongenoughtopreventtheirreturn.”

The proposal also opens for sending criminal refugees other parts of the country, where they will be obliged to serve time whilst their cases are processed. Opposition politicians tell NTB they fear this will only spread drug abuse to more groups of young people.

“Criminal asylum seekers without legal residence must be deported. People with the right to stay should be jailed for that offence,” says Progress Party (FrP) leader Siv Jensen.

Staff at the Norwegian Organisation for Asylum Seekers (NOAS) are concerned the legislation change, if passed, will stigmatise just one particular group of foreigners.

“Being an asylum seeker is an equally legal way of living in Norway as being a migrant worker or student from another country. The proposal could mean people make an association between asylum seekers and criminals,” says Secretary General Ann-Magrit Austenå.

Nevertheless, she underlines, “one cannot use the Asylum Institute to protect oneself against the legal system.”



Published on Wednesday, 1st June, 2011 at 10:30 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 1st June 2011 at 10:53.

This post has the following tags: jensstoltenberg, norwegianorganisationforasylumseekers, sivjensen, progressparty.





  
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