Red Party wants Norway to introduce temporary collective protection for Ukrainians 

Ukrainian refugeesPhoto: AP Photo / Markus Schreiber
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Several political parties have argued that Ukrainians must be granted temporary collective protection. On Wednesday, the Red party put forward a proposal in the Norwegian parliament (Storting).

“We believe it is important to simplify the process so that Ukrainians can easily and quickly get to Norway. Ukrainians as a people have the right to collective protection,” Rødt’s immigration policy spokesman Tobias Drevland Lund told NTB.

On Wednesday, the party puts forward a proposal in the Storting that Norway must use the opportunity to give Ukrainians fleeing from war temporary collective protection.

In addition, the party requests a governmental plan for how municipalities and the Directorate of Immigration can quickly be enabled to receive refugees. Drevland says many municipalities have signaled that they want to help, but that capacity in many places is lacking after the reception was discontinued after the influx of refugees decreased after 2015.

Used for refugees from the Balkans

Section 34 of the Immigration Act allows for collective protection in a situation of mass flight. It was introduced in the 1990s when Norway received refugees from Bosnia and later from Kosovo.

The Socialist Left Party (SV) also wants Norway to use the scheme, and immigration policy spokesperson Grete Wold has asked Minister of Justice Emilie Enger Mehl (SP) to clarify the state of the Norwegian emergency capacity for taking in refugees.

The Christian Democrats (KRF) and the Green Party (MDG) also support the use of the option of temporary collective protection.

“The KRF believes we should give all Ukrainians who come to Norway collective temporary protection as we did during the Balkan war in the 90s. The Ukrainian refugees must settle quickly and be allowed to stay in Norway until it is safe to return home,” KRF leader Olaug Bollestad said.

Temporary collective protection means that Ukrainians could be able to obtain a residence permit for one year, which could be extended for up to three years. Thereafter, a temporary permit could be granted, forming the basis for a permanent residence permit.

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

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