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Norway to deport 4,000 asylum-seekers by Christmas. Minister of Justice to tighten up asylum policy. “Inhumane” says UN. Knut Storberget, the Minister of Justice, wants to crack down on the stream of illegal asylum seekers coming to Norway. Whilst he claims that adopting a similar policy to Sweden will have the desired effect, the government’s new policy disregards recommendations from the UN.Fast return According to fresh figures from the UN, Norway, Denmark, and Finland have experienced a record quantity of people seeking asylum in the first half of this year, whilst Sweden’s numbers have fallen in the same period.

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Norway to deport 4,000 asylum-seekers by Christmas

Published on Friday, 23rd October, 2009 at 00:00 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 8th December 2009 at 12:33.

Minister of Justice to tighten up asylum policy. “Inhumane” says UN.

Knut Storberget, Minister of Justice
Knut Storberget, Minister of Justice
Photo: Department for Justice and Police/Flickr


Knut Storberget, the Minister of Justice, wants to crack down on the stream of illegal asylum seekers coming to Norway. Whilst he claims that adopting a similar policy to Sweden will have the desired effect, the government’s new policy disregards recommendations from the UN.

Fast return

According to fresh figures from the UN, Norway, Denmark, and Finland have experienced a record quantity of people seeking asylum in the first half of this year, whilst Sweden’s numbers have fallen in the same period.

NRK reports that Storberget believes a quicker deportation is crucial to reducing Norway’s number of asylum seekers. Storberget is to travel to Stockholm next month to study their methods, which he judges to have been successful.

“This shows how important and appropriate it is to be more restrictive about the policy of who is allowed to stay,” he tells NRK.

He goes on to claim that one of the problems the authorities face is being able to check asylum seekers’ identity upon arrival and says that one of his first tasks will be to set up a national ID centre with better methods of getting information about a person’s identity, so that they can be sent back to their correct country or origin.

“Inhumane”

Hanne Mathisen at the UN’s Refugee Agency (UNHCR) believes one explanation for the drop in Sweden’s numbers is that the country has reigned in its asylum policy, and has started using enforced deportation of Iraqis.

She tells NRK the agency underlines that people from central areas in Iraq still need international protection. Sweden’s deportations contravene the UN’s International Refugee Convention, and make it more difficult to be granted asylum on humanitarian grounds.

But Storberget is undeterred.

“Of course we have to listen to what both the voluntary and multilateral organisations have to say about this, but a quick system is the most humane method in the long-term. This makes for more of a precise asylum policy that has an impact on those who need help the most.”

The government has already warned that it will be more restrictive on its immigration policy when it presented the cross-party Soria Moria political platform earlier this month.




Published on Friday, 23rd October, 2009 at 00:00 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 8th December 2009 at 12:33.

This post has the following tags: knut, storberget, justice, minister, asylum, policy, restrictive, crackdown, deportation, norway, humanitarian.





  
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