Children seeking asylum should be interned for a ‘maximum of one week’, said Listhaug

Listhaug. reception centresMinister of Immigration and Integration Sylvi Listhaug (Progress Party).Photo regjeringen.no

Minors with an asylum application should not be forcibly held back for more than one week, proposed the Immigration and Integration minister, Sylvi Listhaug.

The proposal, which the minister laid out on Monday, calls for clearer regulation of ‘compulsive detention’ of children who have been denied their asylum applications.

Today, asylum seekers are placed in the Police Immigration Detention Centre in Trandum if the authorities fear they will run away before deportation.

‘There should be clear rules for how long you can hold a family with children by force’, said Listhaug to the newspaper, Sunnmørsposten.

She wishes to limit forcible restraint to seven days in normal cases.

After one day, the government must obtain a court warrant for detention. Such a ruling may only authorize the detention for three days at a time.

It happens relatively rarely that minors are held for long in Trandum, according to Listhaug.

‘In 2015, there were 7 children who spent longer than three days, and so far this year, there are 17’, said Listhaug.

The minister also proposes to create a separate department for families, outside of Trandum. The department would have facilities available for three families at a time.

 

Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today

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