(THIS ARTICLE IS ONLY MACHINE TRANSLATED by Google from Norwegian)
[4. May 2007] Ny Tid presents this week what for many will be perceived as surprising figures about Norwegian refugee policy. When Conservative leader Erna Solberg was in government, she kept a high profile of her work with refugees and asylum seekers, a profile that gave her the nickname "Iron-Erna". The statistics show that Solberg in government was far better for refugees seeking asylum in Norway than the governments from the other half of the political arena. Gro Harlem Brundtland's last government pursued a refugee policy which, both in pure numbers and in the proportion of approved applications, was far more restrictive than all subsequent governments. The number of people who were allowed to stay in Norway under Gro Harlem Brundtland's governments is startlingly low, compared to the figures under the governments that have stated a desire to be more restrictive.
Trygve Nordby, director of the UDI from 2001 to 2006, says in this week's Ny Tid that he thinks "the extremely restrictive" interpretation of the refugee convention in the 1990s. . .
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