Norway won’t take any more refugees from EU
Integration Minister Sylvi Listhaug (centre) was in Denmark on Friday to tour a refugee tent camp with Danish counterpart Inger Støjberg (left). Photo: Andreas Bondevik / Justis- og beredskapsdepartem
Published: 08 Apr 2016 14:47 GMT+02:00
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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 Listhaug said on Friday that the Norway would not expand its offer.
“We have set a quota for refugees from the EU. Increasing it is not of current interest,” Listhaug told NTB.
Listhaug said she was open to some of the previously-agreed 1,500 asylum seekers coming from Turkey as part of the EU deal, but stressed that the total sum of 750 this year and 750 the next is not up for negotiation.
“Norway is among the countries that has contributed the most to the relocation programme when measured per capita,” she said.