New Measures in Norwegian Immigration Policy

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Minister of Labor and Social Inclusion Dag Terje Andersen. Photo: Scanpix

The Government has introduced new measures in the immigration policy that will ensure that the Norwegian practice in areas of importance differs as little as possible from other European countries. This is a continuation of the tightening measures from 2008, where SV dissented.

The Government has introduced new measures in the immigration policy that will ensure that the Norwegian practice in areas of importance differs as little as possible from other European countries. This is a continuation of the tightening measures from 2008, where SV dissented.

“The aim is to limit the number of asylum seekers who are not in need of protection, and furthermore to prevent that Norway receives a disproportionate amount of the asylum seekers coming to Europe,” says Minister of Labor and Social Inclusion Dag Terje Andersen.

The majority of the tightening measures from 2008 have been implemented and have had an impact. The so-called Torshov project, with a fast and coordinated registration and processing, has contributed to a substantial reduction in the number of Iraqi asylum seekers to Norway in the last six months. Nevertheless, the total number of asylum seekers is increasing.

“The measures appear to have contributed to decrease the significant spike in the asylum claims submitted in Norway from the summer of 2007 to the summer of 2008. This is very pleasing. It is important to note that a higher amount of the new arrivals to Norway are in need of protection,” says the Minister.

More than 8,000 people have sought asylum in Norway during the first half-year of 2009. This is 2,500 more compared to the same period last year. More than 1,100 claim to be unaccompanied minor asylum seekers, of whom 70 percent originate from Afghanistan.

“The fact that such a large percentage of the applicants claim to be unaccompanied minors is an additional challenge,” says the Minister.

The prognosis for the rest of the year shows that the arrival figure will be at 18,000 or more, if tightening measures are not applied.

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