ID hunters take only the tip of the iceberg

Sylvi ListhaugMinister of Immigration and Integration Sylvi Listhaug ( Progress Party ).Photo: Henrik Skolt / NTB scanpix

The 767 cases of misuse of identification documents that were revealed last year are just the tip of the iceberg, mentioned by National ID Center. Now first line strengthened.

– It is important to know who is in the country, not least for security reasons. You have got to not be naive.

We know that there are some people who try to sneak to get into Norway and it is important for the entire asylum system that we manage to reveal, said Immigration and Integration Minister Sylvi Listhaug after a visit to the National ID Center on Thursday.

Accordingly, there is great variation in the competence of those who consider or determine the identity of foreigners who come to Norway. And number of revealed abused documents described as tip of the iceberg.

– We have to get better. Therefore, it is important to train those who sit in first line and receiving these passports in hand. They must be better trained to detect fraudulent passports, and simply better at knowing what to look for, said Listhaug to news agency NTB.

The minister stressed that the identification work is about both detect fraudulent documents and to find out who those arriving with false identity actually are.
– The challenge is to know who poses a security risk and then we have to reveal who they are, said Listhaug.


Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today