Asylum seekers are on hunger strike in protest against UDI

HØYANGERHøyanger. Photo: Marit Hommedal / SCANPIX

24 Syrian asylum seekers in Høyanger, including a 17 years old person, are on hunger strike in protest against the processing time to UDI.

This is not a life worth to live. This situation made us very nervous. All daylong of every day, we wonder whether we will grant a residence permit or not, says Samer Hamed, one of the hunger strikers, to newspaper Firda.
He emphasized that they will no longer sit and wait, instead of that they study, work and earn their own money.
Immigration and Integration Minister Sylvi Listhaug said this week in Parliament that it could take four more years with current speed for UDI to go through and process current piled applications for asylum.

While the 24 Syrians who are on hunger strike in the square in Høyanger won’t eager to wait, they have been in contact with the police to ask for permission to gather in the square and the police chief officer in Balestrand and Høyanger, Kåre-Jan Hofrenning, is aware of the situation.
– I’ve talked to their leader at the reception about the situation, and we agreed that he should contact the health authorities to make sure that there should be no danger to life and health, says Hofrenning.
The police chief officer do not think Høyanger have sufficient resources to be able to handle such a situation.


Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today

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