Saturday, August 23, 2008

Norway: Asylum Capital of the World

The latest news about Norway’s asylum crisis comes from today’s VG Nett, as translated by The Observer:

No other country has seen a bigger increase in the arrival of individuals applying for political asylum than Norway.

Asylum in NorwayNumbers released by the UN’s High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) shows that no other country in the world has seen a bigger increase in the arrival of individuals applying for political asylum than Norway.

The numbers shows that Norway is now on top of the list of countries that have had an increase in the arrival of asylum seekers, and that Norway is in a unique position so far this year compared with other countries, which have ‘closed the doors’ after several years with a steady increase in the arrival of asylum seekers.
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In the first six months Norway received 5,765 asylum seekers, compared to 2,949 in the first six months of last year. The Netherlands comes in second with an increase of 2,732 asylum seekers in the first six months. Even big countries like Canada, Germany, Turkey and France have seen smaller increases than Norway, according to Aftenposten.

The biggest reduction has occurred in Sweden, with Great Britain, Greece and Spain following in the next spots.

Previous posts about Norway’s asylum crisis:

2008 Aug 5 Evicted to Make Room for Asylum-Seekers
    7 The Asylum Crisis in Norway
    15 A Lethal Family Reunification
    18 Pleading Insanity
    18 An Invitation to Game the System


laine said...

Norway's an asylum, all right. And it's run by the inmates.

magnus said...

Just a little detail comment.

I'm not sure there is a reduction of the immigration into Sweden (as the last sentence here sais). The Observer may be wrong.

Here is a translated page from a Swedish blogger (a politician in Sverigedemokraterna), with charts which show that the asylum rate January to June was almost the same as last year (children without parents, children of 17-18 years of age from the Middle East, shows a large increase).

Anonymous said...

Hardly surprising. You get more of what you subsidize.

talnik said...

What about Finland? You don't hear about Finland anymore. Was it absorbed by Russia when no-one was watching?