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Principal Hanssen

We who believed that a red-green government should mean a more humane refugee policy now believe again.

[25. August 2006] "Impossible", was Minister of Labor and Social Inclusion Bjarne Håkon Hanssen's response when he was met on Monday with demands from his government colleagues in SV and Sp to stop the return of asylum seekers from Somalia. The Labor Party and the Minister of Labor and Social Inclusion spoke slowly and clearly that the government simply cannot instruct the Immigration Office (Une) to change practices other than through law and regulation.

To emphasize the seriousness, the minister sent another Somali asylum seeker back the next day where he came from. Then he met with Une. At their own discretion to ensure that it is justifiable to return people with final refusal to Somalia.

On Wednesday, Hanssen declared that he trusts Une's decisions. They have better sources than the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and can therefore better assess how safe it is to send the until recently non-returnable asylum seekers. . .

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