Moria refugees’ arrival delayed

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A total of 50 refugees that Norway has promised to take in from the fire-ravaged Moria camp in Greece won’t be arriving until March. An outbreak of illness unrelated to Corona at their transit camp has delayed their departure, reported newspaper Vårt Land.

The Norwegian government, acting only after intense political pressure, finally agreed last September to bring 50 asylum seekers from the Moria camp to Norway. They’d been asked to accept hundreds if not thousands more, but agreed to only 50 under a so-called “relocalization” plan.

All 50 who will be allowed into Norway will have their applications for asylum evaluated in Norway. The Norwegian government has demanded that those allowed to travel to Norway will be “vulnerable” Syrian families with children, who’d be most likely to be granted asylum.

With immigration at historic lows as a result of Corona crisis restsrictions, the government has been routinely lobbied to accept many more refugees at the camps in Greece. There’s been an ongoing reluctance by the Conservatives-led government to do so, even after the anti-immigration Progress Party left the government coalition.

newsinenglish.no staff