The Center Party does not want Norway to take in more quota refugees

Heidi GreniPhoto: Terje Pedersen / NTB

The Center Party does not want to increase the number of quota refugees in Norway. The quota should be between 2,000 and 3,000, the party believes.

“There is an uncertain situation in the world now, and the number we are at now, 3000, is significantly higher than what we were at before the refugee crisis. We believe it is not right to increase this number,” the SP’s immigration policy spokesperson Heidi Greni told the newspaper Klassekampen.

On Wednesday, the Workers’ Youth League (AUF) leader Astrid Hoem told Klassekampen that the party’s most important demand now is to increase the quota to 5,000 quota refugees per year. She believes that the Hurdal platform allows for such an increase, but government partner SP does not agree.

“We have long believed that the number of quota refugees must be within the range of 2,000-3,000. We do not want to increase that number at this time,” Greni added.

The entire quota of 3,608 quota refugees was filled up last year after 608 were transferred from 2020.

The AUF believes that the number of quota refugees can be increased to 5,000 because the number of asylum seekers is low. Last year, 1,656 people applied for asylum in Norway. That was almost 300 more than in 2020, according to figures from the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI).

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