Solberg wants to help Idlib refugees where they are

Prime Minister Erna SolbergPrime Minister Erna Solberg.Photo: Terje Bendiksby / NTB scanpix

Many people are fleeing the fighting in Idlib, Syria. Prime Minister Erna Solberg (Høyre) does not believe that Norway should accept more refugees.

“The most important thing we do is help in the immediate areas. We need the war in Syria to end, not least for the Syrians themselves,” says Solberg to NRK.

Recently, the situation in Idlib has deteriorated, following the escalation of the war in Idlib, Syria. As a result, a million people have been evacuated, and many of them are now seeking refuge between Syria and Turkey.

However, Solberg will not promise that Norway will welcome people who are now fleeing the fighting in Idlib.

“The situation in Idlib is serious, demanding and difficult, and we will continue to look at how we can help those who move. But traveling to a completely different country, and for example coming to Norway as a refugee and being integrated here, is not the answer to these types of warlike situations,” says Solberg, and continues:

“The answer is political, and that is where we have to find solutions. Then we have to start the reconstruction of Syria so that people can go back and participate in it,” she says.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today


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