Oslo Mayor Marianne Borgen: We are ready to take in evacuated Afghans – we have no upper limit

Marianne BorgenPhoto: Hanna Johre / NTB
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Oslo has decided to receive 206 Afghan refugees. But the capital is ready to receive more, Mayor Marianne Borgen (SV) says.

“We are ready to receive the number of refugees the state asks for. We have no upper limit,” Oslo Mayor Marianne Borgen told newspaper Dagsavisen on Wednesday.

Norway has so far evacuated 375 people from Afghanistan. Several of them have been granted quota refugee status and will reside in Norway’s municipalities.

“We have previously signaled that we can receive more than they ask. We are ready,” Borgen stated.

This year, Imdi (the Directorate for Integration and Diversity) requested that the City of Oslo settle 206 refugees in 2021. The City Council approved the request. However, up to and including July this year, only 46 refugees were actually settled in Oslo based on Imdi’s request.

“We have a lot of capacity left. Imdi has also asked Oslo Municipality if we have the capacity to receive more than 206 people, and we have answered that we do,” AP’s Rina Mariann Hansen, the City Councilor for Work, Integration, and Social Services, noted.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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