Refugee and immigrant groups in Norway are subject to extensive control, pressure and threats from the regime in their home country, a recent report shows.
Proba social analysis examined five groups: Eritreans, Ethiopians, Uighurs, Chechens and Turks, writes Vårt Land.
The report concludes that these groups are subject to political pressure and control, with more or less explicit demands to refrain from opposition activities directed at the authorities of the country of origin.
This is done in various ways, for example, exclusion from religious, cultural and social contexts in Norway. There may be threats to refugees in Norway or sanctions on family members in the country of origin, including arrests or loss of rights. Furthermore, it can be about being discredited, where the person’s reputation is smeared within the exile environment or towards the Norwegian authorities. Or, people may be denied documents or consular services at foreign missions.
In this way, the regime in the home country will silence criticism while retaining power and influence in the exile communities.
The report was commissioned by the Ministry of Education and Research. Minister of Education and Integration Guri Melby (V) called the findings very serious and announced several measures that will involve more ministries this fall.
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