Norwegian Justice Minister Anders Anundsen was in Brussels this week as an observer at an EU meeting on the refugee crisis. Since Norway is not a member of the EU, it has no immediate commitments to take in refugees, but Anundsen said the Norwegian government “is positive” about contributing to a European solution.
“We haven’t taken any concrete position on resettlement yet,” Anundsen told Norwegian reporters in Brussels. EU officials are discussing how to spread 120,000 asylum seekers who already are in Europe among the various EU member states.
Norway is a member of the European Economic Area, so it generally is expected to go along with EU initiatives. Anundsen said Norway would evaluate any requests it gets for taking in refugees but there was no discussion of specific numbers yet.
Immigration agency UDI confirmed on Wednesday that Norway already expects as many as 20,000 refugees to arrive by the end of the year, in addition to the 8,000 UN-registered refugees Norway has agreed to accept over the next three years.