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Norway eases Greece immigration pressure. The Norwegian government has given Greece 160 million kroner in an economic bailout to aid migration and asylum seekers. Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre and authorities in Greece signed on Tuesday the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) agreement. The deal will affect various Greek partners and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI).

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Norway eases Greece immigration pressure

Published on Thursday, 3rd November, 2011 at 10:31 under the news category, by John Price   .

The Norwegian government has given Greece 160 million kroner in an economic bailout to aid migration and asylum seekers.

Journey to Greece and Turkey, 03.08
Journey to Greece and Turkey, 03.08
Photo: The Norwegian Helsinki Committee


Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre and authorities in Greece signed on Tuesday the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) agreement.

The deal will affect various Greek partners and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI).

“Migration is a major challenge for Europe, and not least for Greece. Through the EEA and Norway Grants, Norway is helping to strengthen cooperation in Europe on dealing with migrants and asylum seekers in the region. Priority will be given to the reception facilities for unaccompanied minors who are seeking asylum,” says Foreign Minister Støre.

The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) is to improve the reception centres, which will improve health services for arrivals. It also gives the opportunity to help support NGOs that run these, providing migrants medical assistance. Funding will be channelled through the United Nations.

 “It is right and important for Norway to assist the Greek authorities in enhancing the administration of applications for asylum and improving reception centres for asylum seekers. This will also help the European immigration system to function optimally,” added the Minister of Justice, Knut Storberget.

Norway, which has been strongly criticised for its harsh asylum policy, stopped returning refugees that came from Greece earlier this year following a ruling from the European Court of Human Rights.




Published on Thursday, 3rd November, 2011 at 10:31 under the news category, by John Price   .

This post has the following tags: greekasylumseekers, norwayrefugees.





  
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