Somalia: Somali asylum seekers in Norway ‘concerned’ on deportation plans
Hundreds of Somali asylum seekers in Norway have voiced their concerns on recent announcement by the authorities to deport them back to home.
Norway adopted a new tough asylum policy after thousands of refugees from Syria, Somalia and Eritrea reached the country since last year from Russia.
This week, Norwegian minister of Immigration Sylvi Listhaug announced a new move – refugees willing to voluntarily go back to their countries will receive an extra bonus of $1200 – with them already being paid $2400.
Some of the Somali asylum seekers who are still being held at asylum camps have raised their concerns over the new deportation program of the Norwegian government.
‘’ It took us very long to get here in search of stability and a better life quality. We escaped persecution and unemployment. We just want to live in a normal life,’’ said Abdirahim Jimale.
Not only Jimale, many others believe that the move is breaches international refugee conventions.
Human rights groups in Scandinavian countries criticise what they call the authorities’ disregard for human life through policies that prolong the waiting period and then offer financial incentives to leave.
Across Europe, tens of thousands of Somalis are in legal limbo, waiting to have asylum claims processed, or under threat of return to the war-torn nation t if their applications have been rejected.