Tore Nedrebo, Norwegian Ambassador, said on Thursday that over 400 people from Pakistan had applied for an asylum to Norway of which several were sent back since the applications did not hold merit. It was reported that even more Pakistani citizens will be returned to Pakistan in the coming months, most of whom crossed into Norway via Russia. Pakistani citizens who crossed the Norwegian-Russian border in the High North during the last month will either be returned to Pakistan or otherwise Russia. The authorities consider that most of those crossing the border are not actually fleeing prosecution. The ambassador said,
Few are entitled to protection and they are putting an unnecessary burden on the Norwegian system.
He further pointed out that in order for one to be eligible for asylum under the international Refugee Convention, a person much actually need protection. He said, many who were applying for asylum did not fall on merit, owing to which they will be returned to Pakistan. He added that force will be used if the asylum seekers do not leave voluntarily. Unfortunately, it was also mentioned that majority of asylum seekers from Pakistan apply under false pretenses which destroys the image of the country and also makes things worse for the people who may actually be in need of protection.
Owing to these false applications, legislative amendments were adopted by Oslo last week enabling the return of asylum seekers significantly quicker. This new legislation further contains provisions for a possible arrest or remand. Another new rule allows Norwegian immigration authorities to not process an asylum application if an applicant is already residing safely in a third country, which is understandable. These stern moves by Norway point out to how citizens of Pakistan tend to misuse services by either cheating or lying. In doing so, not only do they tarnish the reputation of the country, but indirectly harm other people. Such acts should be stopped and proper measures should be taken by the government to screen applicants before they apply.You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ for more updates. Otherwise fill in the subscription box above, or subscribe to our RSS Feed.