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The Foreigner Rightists near accepting 8000 Syrian refugees. Progress (FrP) was willing to allow 7,500 displaced persons to come to Norway over three years, a hushed-up agreement proposition note reveals. The 4th June-dated document, which VG has gained access to, shows that the Party line was favourable to this move. It includes refugee numbers up to the end of 2018.  “Norway informs the UN’s High Commissioner for Refugees that Norway is ready to accept 7,500 refugees from Syria in the period from 2015 to 2018 inclusive. This means that Norway will receive 2,000 Syrian refugees annually for the years 2016, 2017, and 2018 over and above what is agreed for 2015,” it is written.

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Rightists near accepting 8000 Syrian refugees

Published on Tuesday, 16th June, 2015 at 14:47 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Progress (FrP) was willing to allow 7,500 displaced persons to come to Norway over three years, a hushed-up agreement proposition note reveals.



The 4th June-dated document, which VG has gained access to, shows that the Party line was favourable to this move. It includes refugee numbers up to the end of 2018.

 “Norway informs the UN’s High Commissioner for Refugees that Norway is ready to accept 7,500 refugees from Syria in the period from 2015 to 2018 inclusive. This means that Norway will receive 2,000 Syrian refugees annually for the years 2016, 2017, and 2018 over and above what is agreed for 2015,” it is written.

Progress withdrew from parliamentary negotiations the day after.

“Desperate”

A cross-Party deal (excluding Progress and the Socialist Left (SV)) to accept 8,000 Syria refugees between 2015 and the end of 2017 was subsequently agreed.

FrP, whose deputy leader Per Sandberg had threatened a coalition vote of confidence or resignation from government, moved for a national referendum on the issue following a crisis meeting the same day.

Andre N. Skjelstad of government partner Party the Liberals (V) calls the referendum “a desperate proposition,” NTB reports.

According VG’s published Progress proposition-Syria deal comparison, which includes an additional quota of refugees from other countries, the figures are as follows:

2015: 2,120 (Progress) vs. 2,620 (agreement) 
2016: 2,000 vs. 3,000
2017: 2,000 vs. 3,000
2018: 2,000 vs. N/A
Total: 8,120 vs. 8,620

Harald T. Nesvik, parliamentary leader for the Progress Party, tells the publication that they viewed negotiations as being Norway’s intake of refugees from all countries.

Contradiction

Rightist coalition partner the Conservative Party (H) is also named in the document VG has published.

“The figures which appear in the proposition from Progress and the Conservatives are purely a conclusion up to 2018 regarding almost the same number of quota refugees as we have already decided to accept in 2015, but with a reduction of 120 per year. From our side, this was to be regarded as a total number. Wishing to bring additional [refugees] from Syria refugees will, as a natural consequence, result in nobody from other countries being able to come [to Norway]. I also conveyed this to the Conservatives,” he says.

Conservative Party parliamentary leader Trond Helleland refutes Mr Nesvik’s claim about multi-country negotiations.

“These were both about increased humanitarian efforts in Syria and neighbouring areas, and increased numbers of resettlement refugees from Syria. Regarding resettlement in relation to other countries, it’s not unnatural that the number should be weighed against the extraordinary efforts we are making when it comes to Syria. But these are issues that are to be considered in relation to the coming years’ budgets; they were not part of the negotiations,” he states.

Progress deputy leader Per Sandberg declares he is unaware of any proposal made. Mazyar Keshvari, the Party’s immigration policy spokesperson, declines to comment on the matter to NRK.



Published on Tuesday, 16th June, 2015 at 14:47 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: syria, refugees, asylum.





  
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