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Norway asylum child agreement timely. The four Centre-Right Parties reached an accord on long-residing asylum children, Friday night. This week sees a Council of Europe conference on understanding “the best interests of the child” concept. Liberal (V), Christian Democrat (KrF), Conservative (H), Progress (FrP) politicians agreed that the new regulation would be a liberalisation of current ones. The child’s past and ties to Norway should be given greater weight than today in balancing immigration regulation, reported Aftenposten.

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Norway asylum child agreement timely

Published on Sunday, 7th December, 2014 at 14:26 under the news category, by Susanne Tunge Østhus and Michael Sandelson   .

The four Centre-Right Parties reached an accord on long-residing asylum children, Friday night. This week sees a Council of Europe conference on understanding “the best interests of the child” concept.

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The Centre-Right Parties convened in a week with revelations and apologies, before the pan-European conference. The Council of Europe
Photo: Ellen Wuibaux/©Council of Europe


Liberal (V), Christian Democrat (KrF), Conservative (H), Progress (FrP) politicians agreed that the new regulation would be a liberalisation of current ones.

The child’s past and ties to Norway should be given greater weight than today in balancing immigration regulation, reported Aftenposten.

Its intention is to enable more children who have stayed in Norway for a long time to be granted residency.

Liberal leader Trine Skei Grande commented that the new agreement would better consider asylum children’s best interests.

“We’re pleased that we now agree, and obtain a more humane treatment of children who have been here a long time,” she told NRK.

Knut Arild Hareide, leader of the Christian Democrats, concurs.

“It’s not possible to estimate exactly how many more children will be granted residency. But we’re confident that this agreement safeguards the long-residing children's best interest”.

Consequences

Friday’s events came in a week that saw criticism of the Justice Ministry and Norwegian National Police Directorate (POD) regarding miscommunication in cases of asylum children deportations.

Ministry subordinate POD Commissioner Odd Reidar Humlegård issued an apology. But it was particularly Progress’ Minister of Justice Anders Anundsen who came under fire for his handling of the matter.

Police Immigration Service (PU) officials have notified Minister Anundsen of all forced returns of children who could warrant attention throughout the year, Bergens Tidene (BT) reported.

62 such cases had been reported to the Ministry of Justice up to the end of November 2014.

Publication VG also wrote officials have told them that the Minister was informed about 133 children.

Abid Raja (V) from parliament’s Standing Committee on Scrutiny and Constitutional stated, Thursday that “a letter will sent to [Minister] Anundsen asking him to account for the misunderstanding.”

“We note in full that the Justice Minister apologises, but do not see that how this could happen has been justified,” Martin Kolberg, Committee leader for the Labour Party (Ap), said to Aftenposten.

The matter of long-residing asylum seeker minors was also a contentious issue for the Leftist tripartite coalition, consisting of the Socialist Left (SV), Labour, and Centre (Sp), in their time in power.

Justice Minister Anders Anundsen’s reply will determine whether the Committee will open a case concerning his handling of the matter, as government official in charge.

The Norwegian quad-Partite agreed regulation will be up for review after a year’s time.

Pan-European conference

2014 is the 25th Anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). Tuesday and Wednesday this week see a European Conference focused on "the best interests of the child" take place in Brussels.

Belgium currently holds the Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.

The conference will gather experts from the 47 Member States of the Council of Europe, representatives of international organizations, and NGOs.

Its aim is to make specific progress concerning children’s rights, according to a statement.

How decision makers’ implementation of this concept presents challenges. The child's best interests in family issues will be given specific attention too.

Most of Tuesday 9th December will be devoted to the UNCRC. Themes covered include the child’s best interests as guaranteed by the Convention, and balancing the child’s best interests and other stakeholders’ interests.

There will also be workshops on assessing the best interests of the child, as well as monitoring implantation of a decision in the child’s best interests.

Delegates at the conference, which will be opened by HRH Queen Mathilde of Belgium, include:

  • Nigel Cantwell, International Consultant on Child Protection Policies (Switzerland)
  • Regina Jensdóttir, Coordinator on Children’s Rights (Council of Europe)
  • Margaret Tuite, Coordinator on Children’s Rights (European Commission)
  • Tam Baillie, Chair-elect of the European Network of Ombudspersons for Children (ENOC)
  • Margrite Kalverboer, Professor of Child Pedagogy and Migration Law at the University of Groeningen (Holland)
  • Hanne Op de Beeck, Senior Researcher and Policy Advice Officer at the Children’s Rights Knowledge Centre (Belgium)
  • Simon Hoffman, Co-Director, Wales Observatory on Human Rights of Children and Young People (UK).

Conclusions made are “highly awaited” for International Human Rights Day on 10th December, according to a statement.




Published on Sunday, 7th December, 2014 at 14:26 under the news category, by Susanne Tunge Østhus and Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: asylum, children, refuge, sanctuary, politics.





  
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