New rules make it easier to expel foreigners

Monica MælandMinister of Justice and Public Security Monica Mæland (Conservative Party).Photo: Håkon Mosvold Larsen / NTB scanpix

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Minister of Justice and Public Security Monica Maeland (H) gives the police new instructions that makes it easier to expel foreigners for disturbances of the order.

The aim of the new instruction is a more stringent practice when the police arrest foreigners in the public who openly sell drugs on the streets of Oslo, writes Aftenposten.

In accordance with current practice, deportation due to disruptions of order is only considered if the foreigner has also committed other criminal offenses.

– “This is a tool the police do not have today, and which the police believe is needed. With this instruction, the police and the UDI can expel foreigners who are staying in Norway without a residence permit, and who are punished for the disturbance of the order, especially when this happens in places where there is drug sales,” says Mæland to the newspaper.

The new deportation practice applies to persons who have arrived in Norway legally, either from other countries in the EEA or outside the Schengen area.

– “They do not have a residence permit, but are here on a visa or limited stay and use the time to commit crime,” says Mæland.

Aftenposten wrote on Thursday that close to 12 percent of the crime in Norway takes place in central parts of Oslo. Police believe the main explanation is drug problems related to this area.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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