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Help Remove Landmines From the Path of Peace in Colombia
[Norwaynews] [12.05.2016, 08:30pm, Thu. GMT]
Ferney Cifuentes, like so many Colombian children from his area, was helping his father herd cattle in Montecristo in January 2015 when a violent blast lifted the Earth and sent shrapnel flying.

The 14-year-old had stepped on a landmine. His death -- tragically -- was not unique. More than 11,000 Colombians have been wounded or killed by landmines and other unexploded ordnance in the past quarter century.

Landmines are singularly dangerous because they can lay dormant for years, only to kill and maim innocent people without warning. In Colombia last year, 285 people, including 40 children, were killed by landmines, a toll surpassed only by Afghanistan. At current mine clearance rates, decades will pass before the country is mine free.
EU internal border checks to stay in place
[Norwaynews] [09.05.2016, 07:50am, Mon. GMT]
The European Commission on Wednesday (5 May) backed extending internal border checks for six months in Austria, Denmark, Germany, Norway and Sweden.

The Brussels executive says the move is triggered by ongoing border security issues in Greece, which pose a broader threat to the passport-free Schengen zone.

"As long as serious deficiencies in [Greece's] border management persist some internal border control measures should be maintained," said EU commission vice-president Frans Timmermans.

The commission says Greece is still unable to carry out surveillance in the Aegean without the help from others. It also notes Greece doesn't register incoming asylum seekers along its land borders.

Speaking alongside him at a press conference in Brussels, EU migration commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos said the plan was to lift all the internal checks by the end of year.
Europe is imprisoning refugee children
[Norwaynews] [03.04.2016, 01:38pm, Sun. GMT]
Refugees and migrants arriving on the Greek islands after the EU-Turkey deal came into effect on 20 March are being sent to closed camps, while awaiting a chance to seek asylum or face being returned to Turkey, said Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council Jan Egeland. “It is outrageous that young and innocent children fleeing war are kept imprisoned behind barbed wire in overcrowded detention facilities on European soil”, said Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council Jan Egeland.
Norway turns back migrants without visas
[Norwaynews] [04.01.2016, 06:54pm, Mon. GMT]
Norway proposed on Tuesday (29 December) to tighten the country's asylum rules, including turning back asylum seekers without visas arriving from the passport-free Schengen zone, especially from Sweden. The draft law, still to be adopted by the parliament, is meant to be "one of Europe's toughest" immigration rules, according to the right leaning government.
Norway teaching Muslim refugees not to rape women
[Norwaynews] [20.12.2015, 01:30pm, Sun. GMT]
Norway is offering instruction to Muslim refugees on how not to rape women. A course manual sets out a simple rule that all asylum seekers need to learn and follow: "To force someone into sex is not permitted in Norway, even when you are married to that person."
Norway advertises in Afghan newspapers to dissuade refugees
[Norwaynews] [27.11.2015, 12:21pm, Fri. GMT]
Norway has begun publishing adverts in Afghanistan's newspapers to dissuade Afghans from seeking asylum in the Scandinavian country, the Norwegian government said on Thursday. "The goal is to persuade people to not sell all their belongings and put their lives in the hands of human traffickers, because they risk being sent back to the country from which they came," Joran Kallmyr, a state secretary at the justice ministry, told AFP.
Norway gets Europe's strictest asylum policy
[Norwaynews] [20.11.2015, 09:34am, Fri. GMT]
The government parties and cooperation parties Left and KrF agree with the Labor Party and the Centre on an incremental asylum agreement, Nettavisen reports. First and foremost it is agreed upon 18 concrete and immediate measures to limit the arrival of people without a right to protection.
Norway seeks to tighten immigration
[Norwaynews] [14.11.2015, 12:06pm, Sat. GMT]
NORWAY’S government yesterday proposed emergency legislation to tighten its asylum rules after a rising number of people seeking protection entered the country in recent months. The Nordic country of 5.2 million people, a member of the passport-free Schengen area but not of the European Union, expects to receive 20,000-25,000 asylum applications this year, a number it had to revise upwards several times since August.
Norway Opens Largest Refugee Camp
[Norwaynews] [11.11.2015, 02:35pm, Wed. GMT]
Norway’s largest refugee camp has been opened on the border with Russia on Wednesday, local media reported. "Today opens the new arrival center in Finnmark. The reception will accommodate 600 asylum seekers, but health monitoring of refugees is already inadequate," Norway’s NRK broadcaster reported.
Norwegian food gives culinary dissatisfaction to refugees
[Norwaynews] [07.11.2015, 06:57pm, Sat. GMT]
Dissatisfaction with the food has resulted in a meeting between a delegation of refugees and the management at Strand Hotel. When the local newspaper VOL dropped by Strand Hotel on Thursday, some refugees expressed that they think the food has been too one-sided, and that Norwegian food has not appealed.
500 refugees stranded in cold on Russia-Norway border
[Norwaynews] [30.10.2015, 01:00pm, Fri. GMT]
More than 500 Syrian refugees had been stuck on Russia-Norway border in the northern Murmansk region, the FlashNord reported Thursday. Russian border guards refused to let the refugees cross into Norway leaving them stranded there. Temperatures in Nikel — the closest town to the checkpoint — hovered around freezing on Thursday, and some of the refugees had caught a cold.
Norway minister mocked for migrant Mediterranean stunt
[Norwaynews] [22.04.2016, 09:03pm, Fri. GMT]
A Norwegian lawmaker caused an outcry after she launched herself into the Mediterranean Sea wearing a life suit, in a bid to highlight the experience of migrants who fall into the sea, Norwegian media reported.

Minister of migration and integration Sylvi Listhaug, who is known for her hardline position on immigration, was on the Greek island of Lesbos to learn more about the rescue work being carried out by crew on the Norwegian ship Peter Henry von Koss when she performed the stunt.

Dressed in a bright orange hooded survival suit, she jumped into the sea and floated for a short time, before being lifted from the water by the crew of the ship in a mock rescue.
UN criticized Norway for deporting refugees to Russia in sub-zero temperatures
[Norwaynews] [20.01.2016, 03:17pm, Wed. GMT]
On Tuesday, Norway began sending refugees and migrants who battled temperatures approaching 30 degrees below zero to cross the country's Arctic border. The UN criticized Norway's treatment toward migrants stating this move might send people freezing to death.
Norway: Migrants ‘using fake identity’
[Norwaynews] [23.12.2015, 01:21pm, Wed. GMT]
Norwegian authorities said on Wednesday that up to 27 000 migrants on their database are in the country or have spent time in the country using fake documents. Using computer-generated face recognition technology, the Norwegian ID Centre found 106 identities which had been used by different individuals.
Norway returns number of asylum seekers from Pakistan
[Norwaynews] [27.11.2015, 12:23pm, Fri. GMT]
Norwegian Ambassador Tore Nedrebo on Thursday said more than 400 Pakistani citizens had applied for asylum in Norway and many of them had been sent back as their applications were without merit. "Many have already been returned to Pakistan as their applications are obviously without merit,” he said in a statement issued by the Norwegian Embassy here. Most of them have crossed the Norwegian-Russian border in the High North during the last month.
Norway Tightens Asylum Rules as Anti-Migrant Sentiment Strengthens
[Norwaynews] [22.11.2015, 05:50pm, Sun. GMT]
Emergency laws tightening Norway's asylum rules came into force on Friday as the government tries to stem a sharp rise in the number of people arriving that has led support among voters for an anti-immigration party to surge. The Nordic country of 5.2 million people, which is a member of the passport-free Schengen area but not of the European Union, expects to receive up to 35,000 asylum applications this year. That figure has been revised upwards several times since August as Europe grapples with its biggest migrant crisis since World War Two.
Norway raises alarm over Afghan refugee influx
[Norwaynews] [16.11.2015, 09:32pm, Mon. GMT]
Due to recent changes in Norwegian government policy, Oslo has warned that as many as 90 percent of the undocumented migrants seeking asylum in the Scandinavian country would likely have their applications turned down. This was stated by top Norwegian officials at a Sunday press conference in Afghan capital Kabul following meetings with Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani.
Refugee crisis: Arctic frontier between Russia and Norway one of the fastest growing-routes despite impending permanent darkness
[Norwaynews] [12.11.2015, 08:59pm, Thu. GMT]
As winter sets in, Norway's Arctic frontier with Russia is becoming one of the fastest-growing routes for asylum seekers to enter Western Europe, despite being inhospitable, cold and -- soon -- permanently dark. The imminent arrival of the polar night -- when the sun does not rise from roughly late November to late January -- has not dissuaded an increasing number of Syrians, Afghans and others from taking this remote and icy route in search of security.
Afghans replace Syrian in refugee flow to Norway through Russia
[Norwaynews] [09.11.2015, 06:04pm, Mon. GMT]
The flow of refugees from the Middle East heading for Norway through Russia’s Murmansk Oblast has changed its national composition, a source from security agencies told TASS on Monday. There are almost no Syrians left among migrants, he added. "Among those going to Norway are mostly citizens of Afghanistan, though there are also representatives of dozen other countries — from Bangladesh to the African republic of Togo," he noted adding that the number of refugees has significantly decreased.
Over 8,500 people seek asylum in Norway in October
[Norwaynews] [03.11.2015, 10:12am, Tue. GMT]
At least 8,800 asylum seekers came to Norway in October, almost two times as many as in the previous month, the country's immigration agency said on Monday. A total of 2,365 asylum seekers came to the Nordic country in the last week of October alone, the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) said in a statement, Media reported.
Kindergarten forced to close for refugees
[Norwaynews] [13.10.2015, 03:45pm, Tue. GMT]
Hove kindergarten in the Norwegian town of Arendal closed immediately after both employees and the children's parents are concerned by all the refugees who are residing near the kindergarten, reports the local newspaper Agderposten.
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