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Norway proposes emergency rules for Swedish border

Published torsdag 3 mars 2016 kl 12.18
"It allows policemen to reject asylum seekers"
(5:19 min)
Norwegian Migration and Integration Minister Sylvi Listhaug. File photo: Henrik Montgomery / TT.
Norwegian Migration and Integration Minister Sylvi Listhaug. File photo: Henrik Montgomery / TT

Norway wants to introduce a stricter migration policy, including an emergency paragraph which would give police the right to reject asylum seekers at the Swedish border.

The proposed emergency paragraph is part of a 40-point program presented by Norway’s coalition government, which is made up of the country’s Conservative Party and the anti-immigration Progress Party.

"According to this paragraph, a single policeman would in certain situations be allowed to simply reject an asylum seeker from Norway," Swedish Radio’s Norway correspondent Jens Möller tells Radio Sweden.

Möller explains that the paragraph is intended to apply in the event that thousands of asylum seekers would try to cross the Swedish-Norwegian border. No specific figure has been given for this hypothetical scenario.

On Wednesday, Sweden announced that it will extend the temporary border controls at the Danish border for a further 30 days. Möller says the news were welcomed by the Norwegian government, which has seen its asylum seeker figures decrease to the levels of 2001 since Sweden introduced the ID controls.

Möller says: "From the Norwegian government it's pure rejoicing, I would say."

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