Norway’s Syrian refugee intake promise in question

Finance Minister of Norway and Progress Party (FRP) leader Siv Jensen refuses to support Syrian refugee intake promise

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Siv Jensen, Finance Minister of Norway and FRP leader stated that Norway will not follow up the promise from Labor leader Jonas Gahr Støre, promising to accept 10,000 refugees from Syria in the next two years, reported by Aftenposten.

During the convention of her party on Saturday, Jensen remarked on the refugee debates in Norway and the movements in Mediterranean, Syria, Iraq and other areas, writes Aftenposten.

Admitting that it is impossible not to be affected with the developments, Jensen supports Norway should commit itself to find a solution to the problems not by taking refugees but by contributing to the region with humanitarian aids.

“Norway cannot take on tasks we cannot handle. Therefore FRP refuses to accept 10,000 quota refugees, but accepts to increase aid in neighboring areas,” says FRP leader.

According to Aftenposten, Finance Minister says the cost to settle 1,000 refugees in Norway are around 1 billion Norwegian Krone (NOK) over five years.

It means that instead of settling a refugee in Norway, we can help 14 refugees in camps in neighboring countries, says Jensen.

After the civil war started, Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) reported nearly seven million Syrians displaced by the end of  2014.

According to the report, Turkey takes the lead by hosting over 2 million Syrian refugees which is followed by Lebanon with nearly 1.9 million refugees.

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