As we have pointed out in previous posts, the asylum industry throughout the West is rife with fraud. And it’s no wonder — if successful, the payoff for poverty-stricken Third-Worlders is so lucrative that there’s a huge incentive for them to get themselves into a Western nation by any means possible.
Western Europe is the favored destination for would-be asylum scammers. The requirements for supporting documentation are not stringent, the definition of the phrase “likely to be persecuted if returned home” is elastic, the benefit of the doubt goes to the applicant, and full welfare benefits are available during the long waiting period between arrival in the host country and a final decision.
Norway is currently experiencing the highest per-capita influx of asylum seekers in Europe, so it’s no wonder that the country is running into documentation problems with all those needy folks on its doorstep.
Hardly Any of the Asylum Seekers Arriving in Norway Have Passports
95% of asylum seekers arrive without a passport, and as a result of this Norway has no idea which countries to return them to.
There has been a significant increase in the number of asylum seekers arriving in Norway in the last twelve months. And despite loud demands for swift repatriation of the relevant individuals by some politicians, the Norwegian police department responsible for handling these cases is experiencing difficulties.
The difficulties stem from the fact that the majority of the asylum seekers do not possess a passports or travel documents. This makes the identification a very painstaking and time-consuming process.
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And even after a presumed correct identification has been made, it’s not a straightforward process to deport the asylum seeker. The presumed native country of the asylum seeker will first have to agree to the repatriation of the asylum seeker, and that means that the native country will have to issue a passport for the person in question.
“It is a very painstaking process to repatriate an asylum seeker. Not all countries have the ability to verify the authenticity of the alleged identity of the asylum seeker,” says the spokesman for the police department responsible for asylum seekers, Roar Hansen.
A lot of asylum seekers, especially those from Eritrea, try to prevent a positive identification by cutting, grinding or burning their fingertips. This however is useless, as the police will arrest those individuals who resort to using those methods, and keep them in police custody until their scars have healed and their fingerprints can be taken, a process that normally takes three weeks.
Previous posts about Norway’s asylum crisis: