From June 1, it will be easier for the authorities to expel foreigners with residence permits who commit crimes in Norway.
The amendment was passed in the Cabinet on Friday and comes into effect on Monday.
“We are expanding the possibility of expulsion of foreigners who have little connection to the country and who have committed criminal acts,” said Minister of Justice Monica Mæland (H) in a press release.
The amendments allow the expulsion of foreigners with temporary and permanent residence permits for certain sexual offences that currently do not lead to expulsion.
The same goes for possessing illegal arms in public places and serious traffic offences.
“It is important that the immigration legislation does not have a high threshold for expulsion, especially in cases where this otherwise appears to be a reasonable and proportionate response. It is important for the population’s confidence in immigration regulation that we have a regulatory framework that allows for expulsion in such cases,” explained Mæland.
© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today