Mr. Pedersen is back in the news, countering the latest report from the SSB (Statistisk sentralbyrå, Norwegian Bureau of Statistics) about the net negative costs of immigration. His reaction: “Cost doesn’t matter! Immigration must take place!”
Our Norwegian correspondent The Observer has translated part of an article from E24 about Eskild Pedersen’s views on immigration. The translator notes:
There is something very Stalinistic and nauseating about Pedersen. His arrogance and his super-inflated self image are mind-boggling, to say the least.
The translated excerpts:
Pedersen: “Completely irrelevant”
Leader of the AUF, Eskil Pedersen has not yet seen the report, but he has read about it in the newspapers.
He considers the question of whether immigration results in a profit or a loss as irrelevant and uninteresting.
“There are many ways to pit different groups against each other. I have read several studies that claim that gays are more productive than heterosexuals. The gays are highly educated, creative and have well-paid jobs. Nevertheless, it is meaningless to try an estimate how much heterosexuals are costing society,” Pedersen says.
He hopes that this comparison can be somewhat of an eye-opener for those who call for a detailed cost analysis of immigration.
“Yes; I do believe that if a heterosexual is confronted with such a comparison he or she will see how unfair such an analogy is. Similarly it is meaningless to estimate how much immigration is costing Norway,” Pedersen says.
“Norway is going to comply with its obligations to people who are on the run regardless of the cost.”
Wants to double the intake of UN processed refugees
Pedersen and the AUF is of the opinion that Norway should accept far more UN processed refugees than we do today.
“Today we receive about a thousand processed refugees each year. This number should initially be increased to 1,500, or even better doubled. These refugees are the most disadvantaged people in the world living in refugee camps in developing nations, and whom the UN has specifically asked its member states to resettle,” Pedersen says
“What do you think of Siv Jensen’s claim that we don’t need skilled immigrants because we have numerous Norwegians on disability benefits who want to rejoin the workforce?”
“Siv Jensen has a very naïve way of looking at our country’s labor demands. Those who come as skilled immigrants are highly educated people with skills that are in demand. Does Mrs. Jensen even know how many construction workers on disability benefits there are in Norway?” Pedersen asks rhetorically.
“Mrs. Jensen’s rhetoric is meaningless. She wants to stop the skilled immigration and she believes that we can just march in the disabled construction workers and take over building projects. This isn’t how it works in reality,” Pedersen says.