Støre fears that asylum seekers will escape

Labour Party leader Jonas gahr StøreOslo 20151218. Labour Party leader Jonas Gahr Støre and Party Secretary Kjersti Stenseng summarizes the political season.Foto: Cornelius Poppe / NTB scanpix

Thousands of asylum seekers who do not get their application treated, either in Norway or Russia, may escape from Norwegian asylum centers,  Labor party leader Jonas Gahr Store warns.

Store told the newspaper VG that he stands by the general  principle in question from the settlement last autumn betweeen the  government and most of the other parties in the parliament, namely that asylum seekers who have come from Russia should be returned there.

This also applies to those who have no residence permit, and who traveled through Russia with a single visa.

– But the government  also has a responsibility to ensure that everyone who needs it gets an individual treatment protects against persecution or inhuman treatment so that  the parliament’s clear conditions are met said  Store.

The Labor leader does not hide that he is disappointed in the way immigration minister Sylvi Listhaug  has handled the asylum case.

The Government received  a significant political capital when a broad majority  toned down their disagreements in order to find a settlement. But this political capital is poorly managed.

– When Listhaug is seeking conflict and stirs up a debate, it is bad for the climate of cooperation. My opinion is that FRP emphasize their own needs while other parties have put some of their own needs aside for the sake of a consensus. But ultimately this is also the responsibility of the Prime Minister’, the Labor party leader says
Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today

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