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The Foreigner Norway asylum centre bans proselytes. Staff at Hvalstad asylum reception centre in eastern Norway shows missionaries the door after attempts to convert minors. Conversion attempts occur elsewhere too. The process involves T-Net representatives, a self-described “multi denominational and international Christian organization” inviting people to a party. This party has a church disco, there are prayers, and religious instruction. It is led by a former Muslim who has converted, Aftenposten-run site osloby.no reports.

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Norway asylum centre bans proselytes

Published on Wednesday, 27th February, 2013 at 12:27 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 27th February 2013 at 14:53.

Staff at Hvalstad asylum reception centre in eastern Norway shows missionaries the door after attempts to convert minors. Conversion attempts occur elsewhere too.



The process involves T-Net representatives, a self-described “multi denominational and international Christian organization” inviting people to a party.

This party has a church disco, there are prayers, and religious instruction. It is led by a former Muslim who has converted, Aftenposten-run site osloby.no reports.

On their website, T-Net, which has been refused entry to Hvalstad several times, openly declares their main purpose “is to spread New Testament Christianity: to be and to make disciples for Jesus Christ.”

Other Christian organsations have also been involved in proselytizing attempts at different asylum reception centres in Norway.

Norway’s Immigration Directorate (UDI) states this type of activity is not permitted within these facilities, but living at them is voluntary choice “and must be regarded as the individual's private homes as long as the stay lasts,” according to the UDI’s Christine Wilberg.

What are staff instructed to say and do when conversion attempts occur?

Generally-speaking, I can say that the centres are committed to ensuring the individual's need for security and safety, which includes the protection or shielding from unwanted attention from outsiders,” she tells The Foreigner, adding that these practises obviously have to be balanced with the person’s right to privacy.

“It’s also an important principle that Norwegian asylum reception centres are religion-neutral. This means that they must have their own space for contemplation and religious expression that can be used by all residents regardless of religion/faith,” she adds.

How many reports of proselytizing attempts has the UDI received recently?

We are aware of specific incidents where people have tried to visit reception centres or residents without permission. In our experience, these facilities are restrictive when it comes to allowing external individuals to visit residents, without mutual consent in advance”.

“The UDI is aware that parishes and life stance organisations actively invite residents to meetings and communal gatherings, but these activities must take place outside the facility,” concludes Christine Wilberg.

Hvalstad aslyum reception centre's senior manager has informed T-Net it is banned from the facility.



Published on Wednesday, 27th February, 2013 at 12:27 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 27th February 2013 at 14:53.

This post has the following tags: norwayasylum, immigrationnorway, religionnorway.





  
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