Norway has expelled 15 people with an IS connection

Minister of Justice and Immigration Jøran Kallmyr (Progress Party): Gorm Kallestad / NTB scanpix

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Norway has withdrawn the residence permit for 15 people who are connected to the extremist group IS.

The 15 persons are foreign nationals who have had residence permits in Norway. They have now been permanently expelled because of connections to the extremist group IS, reports NRK.

“These are IS fighters and IS mothers who have traveled out of our country to participate with IS,” said Justice Minister Jøran Kallmyr (FrP).

In all, around 100 people connected to Norway have traveled to join IS. Many of these are foreign nationals who have had residence permits in Norway.

Kallmyr believes it goes without saying that Norway withdraws the residence permit in such cases.

“We will make sure that everyone in this portfolio of foreigners who has traveled down, and who have a Norwegian connection, will not be allowed to return to Norway,” he says to NRK.

Formally, the Norwegian authorities have made use of a provision that the residence permit can be withdrawn after being out of the country for two years.

Kallmyr warns that the persons concerned will be arrested for violating the Immigration Act if they try to enter Norway or other countries in the Schengen area.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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