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Put world refugees in IKEA shelters - Norway’s Progress Party. All displaced persons should be given these to live in instead of tents within the next four years, some Progress (FrP) politicians advocate. The proposal comes from Ole T. Hoelseth, deputy Party leader for the Vestfold County constituency. Dagsavisen reported he has seen the conditions Syrian refugees live under and has reacted strongly. There were also strong reactions when the True Blue coalition (the Conservatives (H) and Progress) suggested cutting general quota refugee numbers Norway accepts by 500 for next year. This was put forward in connection with the National Budget.

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Put world refugees in IKEA shelters - Norway’s Progress Party

Published on Monday, 28th April, 2014 at 15:19 under the news category, by Emma Åsberg and Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 28th April 2014 at 17:19.

All displaced persons should be given these to live in instead of tents within the next four years, some Progress (FrP) politicians advocate.

Refugee shelter
One of the prototype UNCHR/IKEA/Refugee Housing Unit shelters Progress proposes employing.Refugee shelter
Photo: IKEA Foundation


The proposal comes from Ole T. Hoelseth, deputy Party leader for the Vestfold County constituency. Dagsavisen reported he has seen the conditions Syrian refugees live under and has reacted strongly.

There were also strong reactions when the True Blue coalition (the Conservatives (H) and Progress) suggested cutting general quota refugee numbers Norway accepts by 500 for next year. This was put forward in connection with the National Budget.

“I've received positive response from deputy Party leader Per Sandberg and [Minister of Justice] Anders Anundsen, so I think it [the IKEA shelters proposal] will go through,” said Mr Hoelseth.

The shelters are a cooperative effort involving Swedish designers, known as the RHU (Refugee Housing Unit), and UN Refugee Agency the UNHCR. It is an IKEA Foundation initiative.

Foundation personnel say they administer the Swedish furniture and interior giant’s global philanthropy, funding dozens of programmes run by organisations of all sizes in order to make life better for children living in extreme poverty.

The Foundation unveiled their project of two years on World Refugee Day (20th June) last year.

One of the prototypes currently under review at the time was to be used and tested by refugees living in UNHCR refugees camps in Northern Iraq and Ethiopia.

This was done in order to draw up a final design, and ensure the housing alternative to tents is both dignified and secure, according to the Foundation.

The Foundation also says the facilities are more durable and last longer than tents, “which typically have a life span of only six months and are not always suitable for housing refugee families who can live in camps for over 12 years.” More detailed design specifications can be found here (external link).

Progress promotes helping people in their own community (instead of in Norway). Party representatives for Oslo have also proposed that Norway’s asylum system for certain countries be discontinued.

Their suggestion is that Norway runs asylum seeker reception centres in Asia and Africa instead, though this never became Right-Wing bi-Partite coalition policy.

“Since we have to spend one percent of our GDP on aid anyway, we might as well spend it wisely,” remarked Ole T. Hoelseth. “It is a better use of aid, it solves a very specific problem, and we get to help people in their own community,” he concluded.

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Published on Monday, 28th April, 2014 at 15:19 under the news category, by Emma Åsberg and Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 28th April 2014 at 17:19.

This post has the following tags: immigration, asylum, norway.





  
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