Proposals for legislative changes for immigrants in Norway
Posted by African Press International on June 23, 2012
Elizabeth M. Koikai reporting for API from Norway
The Norwegian Progress Party is at it again. Morten Ørsal Johansen who is the party’s immigration policy spokesman,wants to deny asylum seekers who do not follow Norwegian rules permanent residence permits.
Together with other party colleagues Mr. Johansen has received full support from the party’s leadership and parliamentary group. If the proposals go through, asylum seekers will be required to thoroughly follow norwegian rules before getting a permanent residence permit.
The Party which identifies itself as conservative liberal is currently considered as the second-largest party in Norway. Party leader Siv Jensen wants Norway to have a more restrictive immigration policy and tougher integration laws.
Mr. Johansen told Dagbladet, a Norwegian newspaper, that there must be consequences for people who refuse to be a part of the society. And that asylum seekers who do not want to integrate and become part of the Norwegian society, should return to their countries.
Mr Johansen also suggests that asylum seekers who have debts to the public, as those who do not pay child support should not get permanent residence permits.
— It is voluntary to come to Norway, but one has to commit, say Johansen.
The politician proceeds and gives an example, If a woman who refuses to take a job because she can not use the burqa (an enveloping outer garment worn by muslim women) in the job, she will have to accept the consequences. Those who do not want to work, should not have permanent residence permits, says Johansen.
The Progress Party representative also points out that the government will try to facilitate and assist asylum seekers. But that those seeking residence permits are also responsible for their own integration. Foreign nationals who wish to stay and live in Norway must make an effort and learn Norwegian langauge.
— People who do not want to be part of Norwegian society and do not respect our culture and our way of life, have nothing to do in Norway, he says.