Progress Party (FRP) leader Siv Jensen states that the party will oppose the government’s proposal to receive 3,000 quota refugees during this autumn’s budget negotiations.
When the draft state budget was presented on Wednesday, it became clear that the governing parties envisage receiving 3,000 quota refugees next year.
At the same time, the goal of spending 1% of gross national income (GNI) on development assistance is maintained.
Jensen is clear that the FRP will demand a cut in the number of quota refugees in this year’s budget negotiations, as she pointed out during an interview in Politisk kvarter on Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) on Thursday morning.
“This is one of our important demands, and I think the government should take into account that the FRP is serious about the demands we make.
“But then we negotiate in a closed room, and then it is the sum of the breakthroughs we may have in the negotiations that will decide whether the FRP agrees with the governing parties or if we do not agree with them,” she noted.
Kjell Ingolf Ropstad, the leader of the Christian Democrats (KRF), says he thinks there will be several tough rounds of negotiations.
However, he assures the public that KRF will stand firmly by its goal of defending quota refugees and aid.
“I hope these negotiations will be about international solidarity, but also what we can do to ensure that more people get a job,” he told NRK.
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