The Norwegian government, under pressure for months to take in refugees from the squalid and overcrowded Moria refugee camp in Greece, finally announced it would accept 50 after the camp burned down during the night. “That’s just embarrassing,” claimed one critic, since at least 13,000 refugees now need shelter again.
Katrine Nødtvedt, Bergen’s city government leader in charge of culture, diversity and equality issues, told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) on Wednesday that Norway should be able to take in at least 500 of the homeless refugees. Bergen alone can take 50, or more, she said.
Nødtvedt of the Greens Party also noted, as have many others, that around 100 municipalities around Norway want to take in more asylum seekers, and are frustrated by the government’s strict asylum and immigration policy. Refugee arrivals this year have also been hindered by the Corona pandemic.
Politicians from both the Socialist Left and Reds parties also expressed support for more refugees from the Moria camp. Oslo Mayor Marianne Borgen also claimed the government was offering far too little help in an acute situation. Borgen proposed setting up a humanitarian effort to evacuate families with small children and fly them to Norway.
Norway has earlier agreed to take in some of the camp’s children, but has refused to follow through until other European countries do the same.