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Norway moves to bar entry to ‘hate preachers’

Norway’s Ministry of Justice announced on Wednesday that it would take a hard look at rules regulating the entry and residency of so-called ‘hate preachers’. Integration Minister Sylvi Listhaug told Aftenposten that ministry officials would review the regulations for residence permits issued to imams, religious leaders and preachers. The move comes after Aftenposten reported on Monday that the Salafist organization ...

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Norway to Muslim Immigrant : We’ll pay you extra to leave

The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration’s (Utlendingsdirektoratet – UDI) is offering a 10,000 kroner bonus to asylum seekers to leave voluntarily. UDI will offer an additional 10,000 kroner to the first 500 asylum seekers who apply for a voluntary return to their home countries. Beginning on Monday, the offer will run for six weeks on a first-come, first-served basis. “We need ...

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Norway integration minister’s Mediterranean stunt backfires

Images of Immigration Minister Sylvi Listhaug floating in the Mediterranean Sea in a survival suit have sparked a social media backlash. Listhaug, a Progress Party member known for her hard-line stance, pulled off the stunt off the coast of Lesbos as a way to familiarize herself with the rescue work carried out by the crew of the Norwegian ship ‘Peter ...

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Norway’s hardline asylum bill heads to parliament

A long-awaited asylum and integration proposal was formally presented to parliament on Tuesday. The final version of the bill saw the Norwegian government scaling back its controversial requirements on family reunification for refugees, saying that it will be enough for them to have been employed or in education for three years before bringing their family to Norway instead of the ...

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Refugees must be taught the Swedish way of doing things

Sweden should be proud of the way it has dealt with the refugee crisis but the hard work has only just begun. The Local’s northern Sweden columnist, Paul Connolly, argues that Sweden must now teach newcomers how to be Swedes. Sweden has now more or less run out of resources with which to cope with more refugees, but for much ...

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Norway officials reject Muslim school in Oslo

A foundation that applied to establish a Muslim primary school in the Oslo district of Grønland was rejected by the Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training (Utdanningsdirektoratet), Kommunal Rapport reported. The Muslim organization behind the denied request is now considering an appeal to the Education Ministry “We have three weeks to decide what to do. We think it is about ...

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Norway won’t take any more refugees from EU

The Norwegian government will not take any additional refugees from the EU despite the bloc’s new agreement with Turkey, Immigration Minister Sylvi Listhaug said on Friday. Norway has offered to take 1,500 asylum seekers over two years as part of the EU’s refugee relocation scheme. The first of those EU asylum seekers are expected to arrive within a month, but ...

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Danish parties ‘envious’ of Norway’s tough asylum bill

While the long-discussed asylum and immigration bill presented by the Norwegian government on Tuesday has been criticized by opposition parties and human rights organizations, the package of initiatives is certainly not without its admirers. Least of all in Denmark, where Norway’s southern neighbour has also introduced a long line of initiatives meant to discourage would-be asylum seekers. Following the presentation ...

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Norway’s PST wary of asylum centre radicalization

The Norwegian Police Security Service (Politiets Sikkerhetstjeneste – PST) has “scaled up intelligence” in Norway after the Paris terror attack in November and says that it is now closely following all developments in Norwegian asylum centres. PST head Benedicte Bjørnland told Klassekampen at the agency launched a “national intelligence operation” after the Paris attacks, which includes PST closely watching the ...

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We can’t be like Sweden : Norway’s integration minister

A tight immigration policy and tougher requirements for those who come to Norway are important tools for avoiding radicalisation and parallel societies, Integration Minister Sylvi Listhaug said on Wednesday. “Many of those who have carried out terror attacks in Europe are born and raised in France and Belgium. It shows how important it is to succeed with integration and that ...

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