Norway’s Socialist Left and Green Party pressure government to take in more refugees from Greece

MigrantsPhoto: Bax Lindhardt / NTB
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The Socialist Left Party (SV) and the Green Party (MDG) demand that the government presents a concrete figure on how many asylum seekers Norway will receive from Greece in 2021 before the New Year.

The demand was voiced in the Norwegian parliament (Storting) on Thursday.

The two opposition parties refer to the “basic principle that Norway should be a leader in the coalition of European countries that contribute to the rule of law for the around 50,000 asylum seekers who are prevented from traveling further from Greece.”

The Norwegian government has decided to bring in 50 asylum seekers from Greece, primarily Syrian families with children. 

It is not yet clear when these asylum seekers will come to Norway.

Reduced inflow of asylum seekers

That is far too low of a number compared to the humanitarian catastrophe on the Greek islands, MDG and SV believe.

Few asylum seekers are coming to Norway these days. 

Last year, there were 2,305 asylum seekers and 2,804 resettlement refugees. 

From January to August this year, 976 people have sought asylum in Norway. 

The corona pandemic has led to Norway barely having time to take in all the 3,000 quota refugees who were supposed to arrive in the country this year.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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