The government will only take part in the European distribution of refugees if this leads to fewer asylum seekers to Norway.
Our demand is for the number to be “narrowed sharply,” State Secretary Vidar Brein-Karlsen (FRP) stated to the newspaper Klassekampen.
– We think joint European solutions are a good thing, but we also think it is important that they cause the number of asylum seekers coming directly to Norway to be narrowed sharply. We can not both have a large influx of asylum seekers and receive migrants from the camps where the refugees are gathered while waiting for the European authorities to decide where they are going to be settled, State Secretary Vidar Brein-Karlsen in an email to the newspaper.
These statements from the Ministry of Justice were made as a part of the reply to the following two questions from the newspaper:
* Will it be necessary for Norway to accept refugees from the refugee camps south of Europe?
* Will a prerequisite for this will be restrictions on the right to seek asylum in Norway?
Terje Einarsen, professor of international law at the university and one of the foremost refugee experts, believes it is unrealistic for the government to set a condition on fewer asylum seekers to Norway. He says there are different ways to interpret the statement from the government.
– One interpretation is that the government would like it to put in place an alternative asylum system. If so, they are going to have to wait for a long time, he says to Klassekampen.
Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today