UDI will retain emergency response center outside Kirkenes

KIRKENES.KIRKENES.Vestleiren emergency response center.Photo : Cornelius Poppe / NTB scanpix

Directorate of Immigration (UDI) will not be unprepared if it should come new flows of asylum seekers from Russia and therefore wants a contingency plan in Western camp outside Kirkenes.

The management agreement between the UDI and the Hero of Arrival Center Finnmark went out on November 15th.
– UDI wants to maintain a contingency plan in Finnmark after January.

This decision is made to deal with any arrivals of asylum seekers across the border. How the solution is, we must come back to, says press advisor Vibeke Schjem from UDI to NRK news.

Hero currently has three employees who hold camp “hot”, but UDI is working to put in place a more permanent readiness solution from February 1st next year.

There has not been a single asylum seekers on arrival Center Finnmark since June 26th, said center manager Kent Richard Witzøe.

– They have been closed on a few times in the fall, but they have managed to turn the asylum seekers before they have crossed the border, he said.

Around 5,500 migrants came to Norway via Russia in 2015. Most of them by bikes. Asylum flow stopped when Norway and Russia agreed to modify the wording of documents that asylum seekers received by Norwegian authorities.


Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today