A record 3,700 foreigners were sent of Norway last year after being convicted of committing crimes. It was the highest number of summary deportations ever.
Magne Løvø of the state police’s immigration division (Politiets utlendingsenhet), told state broadcaster NRK that many of those expelled had a long criminal record. “When we can send them out of the country, it means they can’t legally re-enter Norway,” Løvø said.
The result has been a reduction in crimes like robbery and other forms of theft conducted for financial gain. Police officials said most of those expelled are residents of the European Union.