Listhaug: – The third world cannot all come to Norway

Sylvi ListhaugOslo:Minister of Immigration and Integration Sylvi Listhaug (Progress Party).: Håkon Mosvold Larsen / NTB scanpix

Immigration Minister Sylvi Listhaug says she will tighten Norwegian immigration a few more notches. -The Whole world cannot move to Norway, she says.

The solution to the world’s poverty is not that people in the developing world are moving to Norway, believes Listhaug. In a major interview with ‘Nettavisen’ she warns that she will have further tightening of Norwegian immigration policies.

– We have to keep to a strict policy. Now Sweden has stricter regulations than Norway, thanks to the Labour Party and Centre Party who voted against our proposals, says Listhaug.

She is aware of what the biggest challenges ahead are for Norway .
– That is to still keep the influx low.

It is to implement more austerity measures that I believe are important with regards to family reunion. Norwegian taxpayers should be spared supporting their families; they must manage that themselves.

The Immigration Minister will also send more asylum seekers back to their homeland.
– The intention behind the asylum system was that there should be temporary protection.

When you have a temporary stay only and we see that there is now a basis for going back, then you should do so, she says.

Listhaug defends her strict rhetoric, which has been heavily criticized.

– When I have a tight rhetoric , it is understood out there. There is a reason why Norway has fewer asylum seekers this year.

We have received around 3,000 asylum seekers so far, in Denmark it is probably around 6,000. It is very rare that Norway had fewer asylum seekers than Denmark and Sweden, where there are over 20,000.


Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today