Three goverment ministers proposed boosting this year’s state budget by another NOK 227.1 million, in order to register and accommodate the large numbers of refugees who have been arriving in Norway since May. The money will mostly go towards funding police efforts to process them all, and to more quickly settle those granted asylum in local communities.Other funds;
NOK 5 million was allocated to the state immigration agency.... UDI [which] needs to greatly expand capacity at its reception centers and to establish new asylum centers. The situation now...is “extremely demanding.”
.... another NOK 3 million to help meet the needs of young asylum seekers under the age of 18 who’ve been arriving alone in much larger numbers as well. The state children’s welfare agency Barnevernet will get another NOK 65 million to establish new homes for the underage refugees by expanding it care centers, according to government minister Solveig Horne.
.... NOK 5 million was also earmarked to help refugees with psychological problems resulting from trauma, since many are coming from war zones and areas where terrorists have seized control.Thanks, Barack.
An additional NOK 50 million was also earmarked to help speed up settlement of refugees in community through subsidized rental units....And NOK 47.1 million was proposed in additional funding for Norway’s participation for the Triton refugee rescue operation in the Mediterranean, which has cost more to operate than expected.Though no Balkanese need apply;
[Prime Minister Erna] Solberg said Norway would help those who arrive in Norway but claimed her government still advocated “restrictive” asylum policies. “We must remember that many of those coming now are not from Syria,” Solberg told DN. “When a huge movement first starts, others join in. Germany has a big challenge with asylum seekers from the Balkans. Norway doesn’t, because we have been clear and consistent that refugees from the Balkans will not be approved.”