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The Foreigner Progress Children’s Minister criticised for asylum seeker minors move. 20 per cent budget cuts in state-municipal reimbursements lead to municipalities censuring Solveig Horne regarding residency-approved children settlement in Norway. The new four Centre-Right Parties’ agreement designed to regulate immigration will see asylum seekers scrutinised and treated on an individual basis according to their application. Bi-Partite coalition (Conservatives (H) and Progress (FrP) partners the Christian Democrats (KrF) and Liberals (V), signatories to the agreement, want settlement effected as quickly as possible.

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Progress Children’s Minister criticised for asylum seeker minors move

Published on Thursday, 13th March, 2014 at 14:20 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock and Michael Sandelson   .

20 per cent budget cuts in state-municipal reimbursements lead to municipalities censuring Solveig Horne regarding residency-approved children settlement in Norway.



The new four Centre-Right Parties’ agreement designed to regulate immigration will see asylum seekers scrutinised and treated on an individual basis according to their application.

Bi-Partite coalition (Conservatives (H) and Progress (FrP) partners the Christian Democrats (KrF) and Liberals (V), signatories to the agreement, want settlement effected as quickly as possible.

Progress’ (FrP) Minister of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion Solveig Horne has threatened to force municipalities to accept asylum children following the recent deal that was reached.

This is because several local authorities now say the budget cuts mean they will be slowing settlement.

It is thought that asylum-seeking children are likely to depend on the child welfare programme to be integrated into Norwegian society in most cases, reported Klassekampen.

The reimbursement cuts, which are retroactive, will affect municipalities that provide a service to these children.

Two Progress municipal officials have expressed concern about budget cuts and their effects on their respective municipality.

“We’ve been among the top of the class when it comes to taking in refugee children”, said Mayor of Hvaler Eivind Norman Borge to the paper, “ but this cut means we have to close one of three communal home-share facilities and stop accepting new asylum seeker children.”

“We’re now liable for new costs of between NOK 6 and 7 million, and the consequence of this will be cuts.”

903 asylum children were waiting to be moved into Norwegian municipalities at the end of February 2014, 23 of these children have waited for over two years.

Moreover, Directorate of Immigration (UDI) figures show there were 5,400 refugees still waiting to be settled at the end of 2013. Municipalities are not obliged to agreeing to settle this group.

“I don’t understand that we in Norway shall be responsible for settling so many refugees. 7,000 to 9,000 a year come here, the boarders are wide open,” Deputy Meldal municipality Mayor Helge Ringli stated last year.

“Those who wish to come here do, including criminals. I think we can be satisfied with accepting UN quota refugees, which is a fraction of the number we receive today,” he added.

Helge Eide at the municipalities’ organisation the Association of Local and Regional Authorities (KS) says they will be “addressing the negative consequences this may have for the settlement of minors” with Minister Solveig Horne.

The Foreigner has asked the Minister of Children, Equality, and Social Inclusion for comment.



Published on Thursday, 13th March, 2014 at 14:20 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock and Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: norwayasylum, asylumseekersnorway, norwayimmigration, children.





  
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